My Rating: 3 stars
This movie wasn’t as scary as I was expecting it to be. But, I think I’m a little bit glad about that, because I had been dreading watching this. The premise sounded so creepy! And, I get scared pretty easily. A pair of young sisters is abandoned in an isolated cabin by their suicidal father. But, the wrathful ghost of a grieving mother who lost her own baby (Mama) steps in to take over their care. So these girls spend a few years turning into these haunted, feral creatures, until their uncle finds them and takes them in. But, Mama isn’t ready to give up these girls just yet.
But, despite this creepy story, the movie didn’t chill me to my bones. Maybe it was the ghost. She does writhe, and appear suddenly, and move her joints at unnatural angles the way a proper ghost should, but she just looked silly to me. Although, that didn’t stop me from thinking about it all night in my warm bed, and having, fitful, tormented dreams. However, I don’t think this movie will plague me long term.
This is a proper haunting story. An unwitting family is the undeserving target of an angry ghost. This Mama follows “her” little girls home after they go to live with their uncle (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – ya know, Jamie Lannister) and his rocker girlfriend (Jessica Chastain). Mama watches over as psychologists attempt to get the girls to integrate into society again. But, her hovering presence is hindering these girls’ progress. As terrifying of a specter as she is, Mama was all these little girls had at one point, and they really grew to love her. The older girl, Victoria, is doing a good job of becoming human again. But, the littlest one, Lily, was so young when Mama began taking care of her that she really turned into something else—something unsavable.
This movie is a good, fun scare. But, it won’t work you up into an unsleepable state. (I’ve had my fair share of sleepless slumber parties—thank you The Shining). This movie is no Ringu, or The Conjuring. Those ones had me scared for weeks! So, this film is perfect for some good Halloween chills without going too overboard. It’s a good choice for a mixed crowed if you’re all in the mood for a light fright. So, see this one, but be prepared not to take it too seriously.