Review: Horror movies and supernatural thrillers are fascinating. But those that pose as supernatural horror thrillers, only to make the audiences laugh their hearts out, make me cringe with horror. (That’s probably the closest you will get to being horrified.)
Mama starts off on a high note with the inclusion of the classical starter line of a children’s bedtime story, “once upon a time”. A father, Jeffery (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), with his two children (Victoria and Lilly) drives in rage, crashes his car and enters a cabin. In the next 10 minutes all hell breaks loose. Without spoiling the movie, Mama is about a dead woman who brings up the two children like as her own. Things go awry when the children are found by their uncle, Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
What disappoints most about this film was the way it was made. It’s like all horror films follow one specific format. Children, insects, a huge mansion, a haunted cabin in the middle of a forest and added to all of this, throw in eerie sounds that go cling-clang and yes, the occasional ugly ghost that creeps out of walls.
If you’re accustomed to watching supernatural thrillers and horror films this movie won’t really scare you too much. Apart from one or two shudders (not out of fear but surprise), there is nothing much in the movie that will make you squeal like a little girl. Most times the movie was kinda funny.
If you’re the type who can’t sleep after watching any horror film, (or for that matter even their parodies) then this movie will scare you to bits.
Victoria (played by Megan Charpentier) and Lilly (played by Isabelle Nelisse) acted phenomenally well. They were outright brilliant. None of the other actors in the movie came close. Both Megan and Isabelle gave me the creeps (Isabelle more than Megan). Their “wild” habits will make the audience quite uncomfortable.
The movie, surprisingly, had a softer side. A few sensitive and emotional moments thrown here and there (including a very sensitive ghost).
There is nothing much in the movie to look forward to if you’re a die hard horror fanatic. The maximum you can do is probably take your girlfriend out and watch her go “ewwwwww” and squawk in fear. (All this while you console her and tell her that you will protect her!)
Verdict: Another horror movie that fails to impress!
Release Date: Feb 8, 2013
Director: Andy Muschietti
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Run time: 1 hr 40 mins
Writer: Neil Cross, Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti
Cast & Crew: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nelisse