Opening in theatres this Friday from director Andres Muschietti and Universal Pictures comes a look into the lives that involve MAMA.
This film tells the story of Annabel (Jessica Chastain) and Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a young couple who is charged with raising their young nieces who have been abandoned for five years.
Lucas spends his time looking for the young girls and Annabel is in a rock band thinking the girls will ever be found. Hiring bounty hunters they randomly find the house where the girls have been living. Lucas and Annabel go to the hospital where the two girls are and notice the older girl Victoria (Megan Charpentier) understands but the younger Lily (Isabelle Nelisse) is stunted about life but only knows Mama.
Dr. Dreyfuss offers the couple a house on the condition that he be allowed to study the young girls. The couple accepts but obviously the children are still frightened, but good reason – Mama has returned. After a freak accident Lucas goes into a coma and Annabel is left alone to take care of the girls.
As Annabel’s motherly instincts towards the girls become obvious – Mama isn’t happy and she shows it.
FINAL WORD: Chastain as Annabel isn’t a character that stands out in the film. She is tatted up with her short black hair and gothic punk rock image compared to other roles she has had. Lucas wasn’t in the film that much but it was nice to see him since GAME OF THRONES is just a few weeks away.
Charpentier as Victoria was good. She wanted to live a normal life but the fear of Mama put a stop to that. Showing any affection caused Mama to pop out. Nelissa as Lilly was so young when everything happened that she believed life with Mama was normal. Sleeping on the floor was normal to her and sleep under Victoria’s bed. She always abided by Mama’s rules.
But in a creepy way she knew that Mama was going to punish. Not so much scared of Mama but aware of repercussions of showing Annabel any affection. The connection was there and obvious. She was so adorable but scary at the same time.
The storyline is pretty generic and the ending is kind of dumb but the fact that I sat through the sound effects and such is all still creeping me out. Anyway they posed Mama she was long, gangly, gnarly and just out and out creepy.
I liked this movie because usually the trailers show all the good horror parts and ruin the film actually. But in this case Mama was scary from start to finish and actually carried the film all by herself. There wouldn’t be anything without her.
Mama’s presence and the way the little girls performed when they were speaking about Mama you could tell she was in the room without any signs of her BEING in the room. Yea its not THE GRUDGE but here the plot line doesn’t matter, its how many times it scares you and how much it stays with you after.
Other cast includes: Morgan McGarry as young Victoria, David Fox as Burnsie, Dominic Cuzzocrea as Ron, Christopher Marren as the cop, Julie Chantrey as Nina, Ray Kahnert as the Judge, and Diane Gordon as Louise.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give MAMA four tubs of popcorn out of five. I’m being daring and giving it this much because I haven’t been this creeped out since THE HILLS HAVE EYES and that’s saying something. It’s like every other silly horror movie that the faults don’t really matter because it got the effect from me its was looking for – creeped out.
I might get a lot of crap for giving this film such a high score but personally I don’t care. I really enjoyed a night out of gnarly creepiness and that’s my story and I’m stickin to it! The atmosphere in the theatre was totally going along with the rise and fall of music, dark scary stuff, Mama sound effects and all of the was enough to make the audience jump and scream – boom! Did I mention how much I’m creeped out?
In the end – how alone were they?