Movie Review: Mama ✭✭✭✭ (In Cinemas 22nd February)

In Cinemas 22nd February
“A ghost is like the essence of a person.
If you leave a full personality to desiccate in the sun,
then what is left is the corpse of one emotion”
-Guillermo Del Toro

Review by Christina Benneworth

I love that feeling you get when you watch a scary movie, that certain adrenaline rush that you get when you’re scared, the fast beating of your heart for just that certain scary moment. Mama definitely provided me with those qualities; however I think some of the other members of the audience felt it a bit more with actual screaming, it is funny how people scream and then they laugh, a great movie to watch with an audience.

Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series) presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something wants to come tuck them in at night.

Five years ago, sisters Victoria (Red Riding Hood’s Megan Charpentier) and Lilly (Mirador’s Isabelle Nélisse) vanished from their suburban neighbourhood without a trace. Since then, their Uncle Lucas (Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (The Help’s 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.

With most scary movies you get the usual “its behind you” cliché scenes and this movie isn’t any different, however some of the scenes in this are very clever, this isn’t your normal dark supernatural villain, the supernatural presence in this movie has a lot more substance, a deep back story with feeling. As you continue to watch the movie and you get to see the image of ‘Mama’ a bit more, you become less scared of seeing her, it’s not because she isn’t scary (cause she is), I think it’s because once you become aware of her story, you see a softer side, the side of humanity.

In conclusion it is a good movie, and if you like scary supernatural movies then I suggest you watch, and I recommend seeing it at the cinema to make it a little more intense.

4 stars ✭✭✭✭