Written January 19, 2013
Peeped early matinee of MAMA today and the theatre was almost empty. That should've told be something right there. I'd give it a "C+' for the few creepy scenes and sfx. The acting by the two little kids and Jessica Chastain was spot on. The plot is pretty atypical and by showing the ghost of Mama so early on, it really ruins the rest of the film, imho. You then can pretty much tell what comes next. A few mild scares & suspense, not the jump out of your seat, I can't watch what's going to happen next! lol. So, if you scare at the sound of "Boo", or of a 'threatening dust ball always circling on the floor (hint hint)" then maybe this will do it for you. If not, go, but don't expect much and form your own opinion. Or save $$ and catch it on VOD/Cable. After seeing Pan's Labyrinth, expected more from director Guillermo del Toro. Wish they'd spent more time developing the script, MAMA had potential. Boo!
Written January 21, 2013
I am torn between go and so-so on this movie. I found it to be enjoyable but it was not as scary as I hoped it would be. When I saw the first trailer it gave me goosebumps (something that has not happened in a long time). Like I said it was well done but I felt that there were too many comedic breaks which took away from the tension that was being built. This is not to say there aren't any scenes that will make you jump or give you the creeps - there are plenty of them. I think the most impressive thing about this movie is those two little girls. They made the movie worth seeing. Would have rather seen a different twist on the end but it was only pg-13. Overall a good first showing from Andrés Muschietti.
Written January 21, 2013
Going into Mama and after seeing the trailers, I suspected that this was going to be another "lets see how many times we can get the audience to jump" movie. Then in the first 15 minutes of the film I actually became a little bit upset. The two lead characters, little Victoria (played by Morgan McGarry in the younger version) and little Lilly (played by Sierra Dawe) are so cute that my first thought was I was going to be very angry if something "bad" happens to them. But as the story begins to unfold and the audience gets comfortable in their seats I found the movie keeping me interested and entertained with just a "few" jumps. Was the movie perfect? - No. As a ghost story movie goes, the ending didn't make a lot of sense. Consistently Hollywood ghost stories are about a spirit trying to right a wrong done to them. This film seemed to sort of go that way. But the ending was either not well thought out or its leading into a sequel. Jessica Chastain does a great job as Annie!
Written February 22, 2013
Too many loose ends. Story didn't flow and actually kinda tough to watch. Good premise, but poorly put together. As most horror movies, characters didn't have common sense, but this movie took it to a new level. SPOILER...absolutely the dumbest ending in a movie ever.
Written July 28, 2014
While the movie was good, the ending was horrific. It leaves more questions than answers and doesn't make sense. The concept was good, the acting and story worked well but some things just made NO sense at all and it was blatant.