Guillermo del Toro’s name alone brought our attention to this movie. Even though his role was only the Executive Producer, and he gave the reings to first time director Andres Muschietti we still knew this was a movie we had to see. The movie was originally a three minute short film done by del Toro. Watch the short film below because even viewing it won’t spoil the actual movie.
Remember Guillermo del Toro gave us Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade 2 and Hellboy (to name a few). We can expect the massive Sci-Fi blockbuster Pacific Rim from him next. He is also contributing in writing in both the next Hobbit films, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Mama though presents a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.
The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.
The story has a strong emotional component to it, it deals with the relationship between a mother and her kids, what love is there that can be stronger other than a love between a mother and her kids. Through out the film we deal with the supernatural entering the real. The shots of “Mama” are done brilliantly and you keep wanting to see what/how exactly it/she is like.
The wheels came off towards the end, subplots introduced in the early-going are either dropped or abruptly ended, and the final scene was fairly predictable and expected. Still, the movie presents plenty of scares, and you are never left feeling bored. Jessica Chastain who plays the role of the aunt who has to take care of the two kids did so brilliantly.
It was weird seeing Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in this movie, we kept seeing his as Jamie Lannister, and expected him to lose a hand in one of the scenes.
Heres the trailer: Mama – Movie Review:
Here’s the original short film:
Mama is a good ghost-thriller “scare” film. If you can get past the few out of sorts sub-plots, it will be a good Friday night thriller film to watch. The idea behind the ghostly mother and the reluctant human one to protect the children was something new and fresh. If the end didn’t feel as rushed this could have been a great film.
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