Release Date: In Theaters now.
Country: Spain & Canada.
Written by: Andres Muschietti and Neil Cross.
Directed by: Andres Muschietti.
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nelisse, and Javier Botet.
After losing it all during the 2008 financial crisis and killing his business partners and wife, Jeffrey takes his daughters on a little drive down an icy and snow covered road. While doing his best 100 mph impression of The Fast & Furious on ice, he loses control and the car and slides off of a cliff, crashing into the forest below. He and his daughters trek through the snowy woods and take refuge in an old abandoned cabin, where he whips out a gun and prepares to finish his murder-suicide plan... until some creepy spirit shows up and drags him off into the woods. The ghost then gives the terrified little girls a cherry, because, why not.
Five years later, the girls are found alive in a feral state, and brought back to society. Jeffrey's twin brother, Lucas, vows to take care of his nieces with the help of his "I don't want no kids, I just wanna rock!" Goth/Emo-looking girlfriend, Annabel. The dysfunctional Brady Bunch settle into their new home, only to have odd things begin to happen, including creepy visions of shadow figures and the kids talking and playing with someone they call "Mama."
|Creepy kid is creepy.|
It's clear that Mama doesn't want anyone touching her babies, and so things get creepier and more violent. The older girl, Victoria, tries to warn Lucas and Annabel about the dangers of Mama, while the younger girl, Lily, just tends to growl a lot and talk like Jodie Foster in Nell. Even though Annabel doesn't seem to like kids, and is a horrible role model for them anyway, she isn't about to let Mama scare her off or hurt the kids. She's learning to love again, you see.
|She's also learning to scream again.|
As people around the kids start to get hurt and even die, Annabel races against time (don't they always?) to discover who Mama is, and to figure out a way to save the girls.Will Mama kill everyone and get her babies back? Will these creepy kids help Mama kill everyone? Will Annabel ever rock out with her band again? Far be it from us to spoil things for you, but suffice it to say that in the end, there will be hugs. Hugs and moths.
|Worst babysitter ever.|
Mama is a feature length adaptation of Director Andres Muschietti's short film of the same name. At times it feels as if the concept of that short was stretched out a bit too much to make it feature length, but for the most part the movie works well. If nothing else, it feels earnest and real, and its atmosphere did a great job at suck us in and making us forget that CGI ghosts aren't all that scary. Mama was pretty creepy at times, and genuinely compelling overall.
Is there an actress that is hotter (career-wise) than Jessica Chastain is right now? Between Mama and Zero Dark Thirty, the girl owns the top two spots at the box office, which is no mean feat. She's great in this movie (although her character annoyed us at times), and it's not hard to see why she's such a hot commodity. Nicolaj Coster-Waldau is no slouch either; the guy rules on HBO's Game of Thrones, and as a film star, he's just as compelling. We can't forget to mention the little actresses who played the girls in this movie, because they were great in this one too.
|"A Lannister always pays his debts, bitch."|
|Next time, no close-up's.|
|The interpretive dance scene.|
Jessica Chastain kept her clothes on in this one. She's just too big to be be running around naked anymore, we guess. For shame.
|Those are not the eyes of a good girl!|
Hollywood's hottest Gingers starring in a horror flick like this, because it shows that she's cool on top of being hot. We love us some Jessica Chastain.