Saturday, April 10, 2021

Weekend Watch: ‘Equalize 2’ Surpasses First and Cher Shines in ‘Mama Mia!’

*“The Equalizer 2,” with Denzel Washington as a superhero in more ways than one, far surpasses “The Equalizer,” and Cher shines in “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again.”

In “The Equalizer 2,” Robert McCall (Washington) comes out of retirement to help a girl of the night under the control of Russian gangsters.

In “The Equalizer 2,” McCall has a more worthy mission in which he rectifies horrific deeds done to the living and the dead—with precise execution. Using the precise element of time, the former CIA operative strikes are not random but perfectly calculated and justified. Watching how McCall, a learned man, operates is worth the ticket alone.

Although retired, McCall is not content to rest on his laurels. In his spare time McCall is a Lyft driver. Needless to say, the film’s funny moments are a lift. On the serious side, best friend and fellow agent Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo), is killed under mysterious circumstances in Brussels.

Back in the USA, McCall takes under his wing and mentors the young artist Miles (Ashton Sanders), who comes under the influence of a gang and drugs. The Miles connection is not surprising considering Washington has been a long time supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua, “The Equalizer 2” also stars Bill Pullman and Pedro Pascal.

‘Mama Mia! Here We Go Again’

Mama Mia! Here We Go Again” once again lauds the life of the loose character Donna (Meryl Streep) in “Mama Mia!” and Young Donna (Lily James) in “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again.” Donna’s daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) has three baby daddies because her mother slept with three different men—what a legacy to leave a daughter. Yet, Sophie wants to do her Ma proud by opening a magnificent hotel, Bella Donna, in her honor.

Cher and Andy Garcia in scene from ‘Mama Mia! Here We Go Again.’

There is a big celebration to usher in the opening on the Greek Island where Donna settled and  Sophie was born. As expected, Abba songs dominate the musical. A visit by the legendary grandma (Cher), who reunites with Hotel Manager Fernando (Andy Garcia), culminates in a dazzling dance.

Directed by Ol Parker, the musical also stars Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, and Christine Baranski.

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Marie Moorehttp://eurweb.com
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.

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