James does the character a fair tribute. This film succeeds largely due to her great impression of Streep's original interpretation. Like the best retracings of characters, though, she paints enough outside the lines so we get to enjoy some amount of growth, even if we know where her story leads. Lily James deserves better than a sequel like this, even if she helps to elevate it to an above average film.
The Second story, featuring all of the surviving members of the cast, has the effect of so many episodes of the Love Boat. Everyone is looking for love, no one says what they mean and wacky hijinks rule the day.