Written September 01, 2014
This thriller was just that! It proved that a good movie can be made without gore, filthy language and nudity. There were a few scenes that made the whole audience yell out and jump in their seats. The only disappointment was the ending. They should have had it end with Mama jumping out at the audience one last time. If you like movies that will make you jump.....go and see it!
Written May 03, 2016
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 April 30, 2016
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 December 27, 2014
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 November 29, 2015
I can't say that this is the best movie of its kind or anything, but there wee some genuine chills and a del Toro's incredible visual style. Without giving anything away I;'ll just say that the motivation of "mama" made no sense. It was an OK movie that could have been exquisite if the writing were better. But that said, this is worth seeing in the theater (unless your budget or time is in too short supply cos there are better films out there). I was entertained for most of it, just left slightly disappointed. Still glad I saw it.