So last night was review night and this week it was the turn of the movie Mama, based on a short film from 2008 of the same name from Andy and Barbara Muschiettis.
The original short film is presented by Guillermo del Toro and includes one of the scariest scenes del Toro has ever seen. The craftsmanship, ingenuity, and horror presented by the Muschiettis made him want to be a Producer for the feature film.
A father kills his wife and then runs with his two daughters, after crashing his car, he walks the girls through some woods to find a cabin, but in a fit of despair he decides to take the life of his children only to be stopped by something.
Five years later, the children’s uncle finally finds the girls, but they’ve changed they now moved around on all fours in am unnerving way and act like animals, also their guardian doesn’t like them been taken away and has come along with them and she’s not happy.
Mama Bringing Shocks To The Cinema Going Audience [Film Review]
Now before I go on to the review, I have to say that I’d seen the short some years ago and wasn’t surprised that a feature had been made from it, Mama was certainly worth the idea.
With extending the story to 100mins the chance of a back story for Mama is now in the film, which is a nice touch and is nicely done via dreams and story archives.
The roles of the older Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lily (Isabelle Nelisse) are well-played by the two girls, with Lily specially creepy with the way she moves and looks, clinging on to her sister Victoria.
Nickolaj Coster-Waldau is good in the two to roles as the girl’s father and uncle.
But the star of the film has to be Mama, with a mix of CGI and live action with a rather spindly Spanish actor Javier Botet bringing some rather jumpy moments to the film.
There are plenty of moments throughout the film where then audience were jumping, screaming and nervous laughing, always a strange thing to hear during a film, must be a form of relief for some.
When I went to review Mama last night the @VueCinema in Rhyl for the screen was full of people and this is how in like to review these types of films, there several types of people when it comes to jumpy films, the “hide their face” and the “nervous talkers”, believe me there was both in last night showing.
With moments of unexpected fear from the shadows and Mamas terrifying way of moving in her deformed and broken state, Mama is certainly a film which audiences will enjoy to be scared watching and with Guillermo Del Toro adding his name as executive producer you just know what’s install for you.
The soundtrack to the film from Fernando Velazquez is nicely done and certainly fits in with the mood of the film, certainly a lot different that his score for The Impossible.
Mama – To Get A Sequel
Mama has been so popular that Universal Pictures is considering Mama for a possible sequel and discussions ate underway with director Andres Muschietti.
Making $89.2 Million worldwide with $68.2 Million coming from the US, it’ll certainly be interesting to see how Mama does here in the UK.
Special Treat For Blazing Minds Readers
What you are about to see is the original 3 minute short for Mama, please be warned that this short can be unsettling to those with a nervous disposition.
Mama – Official Trailer
Overall Thoughts For Mama
We may have seen some of this done before, but with “horror” movies it is hard to top some of the greats. Mama is a roller coaster ride with ups and downs and twists and turns. If you’re not easily scarred then even the story will have you interested while the rest of the audience squeal.