I can hardly believe I’m writing a review of a scary movie. Most movies in the “thriller/horror” genre either make me laugh all the way through or they manage to lull me to sleep. Maybe it’s just the incredulity of it all but I usually just can’t get with it.
That being said, I went to see “Mama” because the television reviews were so tempting. I could relate to the human factor of little children being raised outside of mainstream society and then being forced to acclimate. More possible than incredible, I felt like I could relate to the story the entire time and so my interest was maintained through the whole movie. Plus, who couldn’t fall in love with a face like this?
Lol, #imjustsayin…That’s the whole premise of the story. This woman/creature/ghost/anorexic thing named “Mama” falls in love with two little girls and they love her right back. And who could blame them? Mama starts out the loving protagonist and doesn’t turn into the antagonist you wish would go away until much later in the movie.
So you must be asking why would a ghost get to be called “Mama”? Where are the girls’ real parents?
Well their father is a spineless punk who completely has a mental flip out after undergoing financial crisis. He kills the kids’ mom, crashes the family Mercedes into the woods, finds an old cabin, takes the girls inside and decides to off them too. And this is when you get introduced to Mama. You are so glad to see this tentacled, slimy, black thing jump out of the wall and break this nutcase’s neck before he could do any further damage. Mama also takes an automatic liking to the girls simply because of their innocence.
For five years she raises them and makes herself known to them. After being found, this was who the little girls called “Mama” whether the rest of the world could see her or not.
All real sentimental but where does the scary factor come in? After all, you don’t go to a horror film for sentimental reasons, right?
Well the youngest learned all her social skills from Mama so she presents to the human world at age 5 or 6 walking on all fours, jumping from platform to post like a frog, sleeping on floors, growling at folks and barely speaking audible words. Both girls had the kind of etiquette only a family could love and it just so happens that an uncle decides to take them in. He just didn’t know that Mama took her role quite seriously and if you’ve ever tried to separate a small child from her mother without the mom’s permission, you would understand this connection. Where the girls went she went. She played with them, looked out for them and attacked anybody else that got too close.
Things got scary when we thought uncle would die in the hospital after his attack by Mama. Next to drop was the social psychologist who was bold enough to go back to Mama’s cabin in the woods and take pictures of her for scientific evidence! I got a good chuckle when Mama took out an annoying aunt who suspected child abuse. And on top of all this, she made a home for herself in the kids’ bedroom closet where she sang loudly and eerily to them at night. By that point it looked like she wasn’t going anywhere.
With all her shenanigans, it was getting hard to like Mama anymore but before the psychologist was killed, he did some research. Mama had a baby before she died after a tragic fall and Mama missed her baby. Awwww, okay then, poor murderous, witchy apparition, smh
I won’t tell you how it ends but for Mama to go on about her ghost business and leave human children alone, we got crazy flying through the air graphics above a steep mountain cliff with just the light of the moon to pierce a dark cloudy night. Full on horror effects dealt a determined ghost mom, a skeleton baby, our two little dearies under attack and a step-aunt who was just as determined as Mama and luckily got a little sympathy from her.
If you like social upliftment stories with a blend of shadowy freakishness, go see “Mama”. You’ll love it! 🙂