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[BD Review] Brad Is Mixed On ‘Mama’

Universal releases Mama, the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror thriller about a group of feral children raised by something sinister, today, January 18th. Brad (Mr. Disgusting) saw a lot to like in the film, but ultimately couldn’t make it past the film’s extreme overuse of CGI and some muddled character development.

We see Mama way too much, there are too many effects shots in general, and for whatever reason Muschietti felt the need to have Mama performing acrobatics like bending backwards off walls and twisting into inordinate shapes. Some of the most haunting and jump out of your seat scary moments are subtle and quick, not long winded and showy… The most disappointing aspect of Mama is that the original idea is fantastic, and some of the scares are out of this world effective. But ultimately poor writing, editorial and effects decisions transform it into a long winded, almost faux horror movie.

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  • KorovaMilkbar

    what a bummer, I really had high hopes for this one

  • djblack1313

    i can’t wait for this movie. nothing against Brad’s review but i rarely find myself agreeing with his reviews.

  • Trevor Hodge

    To hell with Mama, bring on The Evil Dead! I’m feeling like that may turn out to be horror film of the year.

  • Zombie-Killa

    Pumped for it regardless, BUT I always get a strong “ordinary PG-13 horror flick” feeling when I watch the TV spots.

  • violentdope

    ya it was an ok movie but it fell in that ordinary PG-13 horror flick had same feel and look as the Possession.Maybe a better script could have saved the film but its worth a watch matinee or rental

  • Chxnce06

    Just got back from the theaters and I will give it a 6 out of 10. It was a decent story but it left something to be desired after it was over. The CGI didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would and I thought the fact that she bent into weird shapes was kind of cool. And that definitely had to do with the story. I would recommend for something mindless; maybe if you have a free movie pass or someone else is paying.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I’d give it a 7/10, which is the rating I usually give not bad movies, but not great movies. They definitely did show Mama too much. There was WAY too much CGI. That wasn’t needed at all. Some of the scares were really great like the closet scare and the camera scene. The story itself was pretty solid. I’m still kind of mixed on the ending. I guess it is refreshing for a movie to end on a “non-sequel-setup” note. That doesn’t happen very often these days.

  • Scorpionsy

    I saw the movie on release date. I enjoyed it but it did have it’s flaws. I give it a 7/10. It was creepy in a good way…the way it should have been…and had some genuine scares and jump scares. The story was a bit lacking…in that some of the main characters get pushed aside in the 3rd or final act…like the uncle (when in the woods). I agree that the movie had too much CGI for its own good…cheapening the other good CGI quickshots. Mama herself was shown way too much in the final act..that it ruined the scary-factor about seeing her. The Camera snapshot scenes and the closet scenes were the most effective scares of the movie, IMHO..because they were quick and short.

    Mama, herself looks, except for her face, like a rip off of the Tooth Fairy from “Darkness Falls”…in fact several scenes of the movie reminded me of “Darkness Falls”. Remember the scene at the beginning of the “Darkness Falls” intro where you can see the Tooth Fairy floating in the shadows right out of range of the light from the bathroom where the kid was hiding in the tub? Yep, there are scenes like that in “Mama”. Some scenes reminded me of “The Grudge” (the japanese version) like the ghost’s floating frizzed out hair..and the ghost appearing from just the Hair…or from a rotting blot on a wall. “Mama” definitely borrowed ideas from both those movies and their monsters…like the moaning / click sounds of Mama…which is like a hybrid rip-off of the Tooth Fairy and the Grudge ghost.

    The ending was a bit of a let-down for me…but it sort of gave closure to the story.

    Also, this movie being similar in style to the above 2 movies i mentioned…and maybe “The lady in black” in terms of dark creepiness also was better executed overall than that piece of junk that was “The Possession” (watch “Paranormal Witness” episode in Season 2 called “The Dybbuk Box” for the true and scarier story and even scarier episode as it was shot)and crappier “The Apparition” (who’s poster basically gave away the movie’s ending…so retarded…and also had the “Dark Water”-inspired black-moldy blot on the wall).

    Del Torro was fascinated by the original “Mama” short movie this was expanded on…and his DNA is all over this movie…which also had some similarities to another movie he introduced, “The Orphanage”.

    Jessican Chastain, who looks unrecognizable as a Punk rocker here from her looks in “Zero Dark Thirty” played a good role. My problem was that it looked like she was playing 2 different roles…as her personality changes from a self-absorbed (mostly) rocker who really does not like the idea of kids…to later on this caring mother-like person. Two completely different personalities…but i don’t blame her..this is from the writing and script. I liked her more as the edgier don’t-give-a-crap personality from the beginning of the movie.

    Any why must there always be in these kind of horror movies the typical Psychiatrist who does not believe what is being said then starts discovering stuff….its always a psychiatrist or priest/rabbi in these movie. So unoriginal!

    “Mama” is a good pop-corn flick, not the best, but it had it’s heart in the right place and could have ended much scarier and better with a refined script and less Mama CGI. It is for sure better that a lot of similar style movies we have recently been given. Just enjoy it with a date…or if you go in without really high expectations.

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