Mama Movie Reviews
User reviews on Mama
This movie was very disturbing to me. As a parent, I do not like to see movies where the opening scene is one where a parent takes his kids into the woods and tries to shoot them to death. It's really upsetting. It was also upsetting to see the little girls in the movie have to live like beasts in the wild where they end up abandoned and sad. I also have to say that I was kind of disappointed in Jessica Chastain's performance. She is an actress whom I have admired in the last couple of years, especially in The Help where she stole the show, but in this one she didn't seem comfortable with the character. She just never seemed to get into the skin of the woman she was playing, who wasn't that appealing to be honest. I think the little girls who played the nieces were excellent though and I wish that they could have been the focus of the story. This is a horror movie for grown ups, not kids or teens.
I am not a fan of scary films, I have weak nerves and I just can’t handle it. I saw this film because my friend talked me into it and I cave and I can honestly say that it was one of the scariest films that i have ever seen. I thought the film was refreshing and horrifying, I sat on the edge of my seat for the entire movie. The atmosphere of the film is very creepy and I thought the film was edgy and elegant. I could definitely see the influence of the artful executive producer Guillermo del Toro. The acting in the film was really good and I though the film looked amazing visually as well. Overall, I don’t like scary films but this one impressed me and i think it is worth seeing in the theaters.
I had high expectations for this film and i was a little bit disappointed but I still thought that the film was alright. I thought that the film was refreshing, edgy, and stylish and it was teetering on the edge of being very good and from time to time very bad. I wish the film went a bit deeper into its concept but overall I had fun watching it and I was definitely scared most of the time. Guillermo del Toro’s influence was definitely felt throughout the film and I loved the atmosphere that was created, it was really creepy. I liked that the film left some stuff to the imagination and the acting was top notch. Overall, I think this film is worth seeing in the theaters, I think it should be seen on the big screen.
Mama is the first horror movie I’ve seen in a very, very, very long time which doesn’t operate on the concept of horror porn.
By this I mean it doesn’t go overboard with the gore, blood, skin slashing, and screaming purely for the sake of titillation. In fact, there’s very little of any of this in the movie at all. Forget going overboard – it barely gets on board.
Mama is the story of two little girls named Victoria and Lilly. Their father (apparently driven by a personal financial collapse) drives the two girls into the woods one day to kill them. As he is about to shoot the elder girl, something (or someone) happens upon the scene and everything goes black.
Five years later, the girls are discovered alive, though they have apparently been living in the woods in the interim and now resemble beast more than anything human. The are taken in by their uncle and his girlfriend, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jessica Chastain, solely because an eccentric doctor (Daniel Kash) wants to study them. In exchange for being allowed to observe the girls, the doctor offers the couple a life of luxury they would otherwise never be able to afford in exchange.
Chastain’s character soon begins to develop maternal feelings for the girls (hence the title) though she is clearly ill at ease in giving up her inherent selfishness. It’s a bit of a stretch for Chastain, who seems ill at ease in some of the film’s tenser moments, but she suffices.
My guess is fans of the horror genre won’t be crazy about this one. Any respect it gets from fans will be slight and fleeting. But it’s worth watching, if for no other reason than that it reminds us that horror films are sometimes scarier in what they don’t show than in what they do.