Movie Review: "Mama"

Movie Review: "Mama"

Summary: Sisters are left on their own in a cabin in the woods after their psycho father tries to kill them.

Published January 18, 2013

Summary: Sisters are left on their own in a cabin in the woods after their psycho father tries to kill them. A ghost looks after the sisters for five years until they are discovered — so much for a search and rescue team! The ghost, known as Mama, is a bit protective over the little darlings and has a past of her own.


Review: Jessica Chastain is the "It" girl in Hollywood with her award-winning performance in Zero Dark Thirty . However, there is a different Chastain in Mama — an up-and-coming actress in a D-rated horror flick who probably had no idea she would become Tinseltown royalty when signing up for this celluloid yawn-fest. Presented by Guillermo del Toro and first-time director Andres Muschietti , Mama is monotonous ridiculousness.

Channeling the atrociousness of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark , one can tell Mama will be a dud within the first 15 minutes: a crazed daddy, a lone cabin in the snowy woods, a ghost that flies around like a Disney villain and Jessica Chastain's Carol Brady meets a Mary J. Blige circa 1994 wig. Plus, a disconnected plot of a jealous ghost who attaches herself to two abandoned children.

The disaster of Mama is not any fault of Jessica Chastain — she is barely promoting the film. One can imagine she hopes the movie will quietly disappear as she snags her well-deserved Oscar. But even in this terrible flick, Miss Jessica is still fun to watch. She bounces around as a rock 'n roll chick and girlfriend of the uncle who finds the disturbed sisters. The trouble with Mama is due to a humdrum script, roll-your-eyes special effects and zero scares. For first-time director Muschietti, hopefully there is more we can see from him — no one could've made Mama a good movie and no one should've tried.

Unimaginative and far from scary, don't believe anyone who tells you Mama is worth your money or time.

Mama is in theaters today.

Written by Clay Cane

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