The ABBA movie, which was a huge box office success over the summer, kept fans and critics entertained with its winning mix of heartfelt story and showstopping music. But there were a few elements that didn’t quite add up when compared with the first movie, released in 2008 – whether it was narrative irregularities, faults with the timeline, or Sophie having an up-to-date iPhone in what should be 2004.
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Lily James has playfully acknowledged the minor gaffes in a new interview.
“It’s artistic license,” she joked to Digital Spy.
“There are holes. [Donna’s] mum was definitely dead in the first one.
“She’s like, ‘God rest her soul!’ But people come back to life for Cher.”
When the interviewer suggested some of the mistakes could just be attributed to Donna’s unreliable memory, Lily grinned: “That is exactly what it is.
“I think that’s a very good way of looking at it!”
At the UK box office, it came within touching distance of the 2008 original’s record-breaking haul.
Overall, the movie is thought to have raked in $ 394 million against a $ 75 million budget.
Critics also softened to the franchise this time around; gifting it an overall 81% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The first movie, for comparison, had an approval score of just 55%.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday.