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Movie Review: “Mama”

A scary movie without blood and gore, that’s all that I have been asking for, and “Mama” finally delivered.

Guillermo Del Toro’s “Mama” tells the story of two young sisters, Victoria and Lilly who get stuck in a cabin in the woods alone — well, almost alone.

The movie tugged at my heartstrings a little bit at the scenes of Victoria taking care of her little sister Lilly. Lilly never left her older sister’s side. My older sister always made sure her baby sister was okay, and the way Victoria interacted with Lilly was spot on.

The rest of the audience awed at the cuteness of the two sisters as well, so I do not think I was the only one getting a tad emotional.

The movie goes on to show that some being lived in the cabin and had a motherly instinct to give the children food the first night in the cold cabin.

The movie speeds up five years, depicting the girls’ lives in the woods with drawings they drew on the walls and we pick up with the girls’ uncle, Lucas, looking for his nieces.

Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabelle (Jessica Chastain) have spent time and money searching for the girls, but have had no luck whatsoever.

Annabelle, a rocker chick, gets introduced into the movie with her excitement at finding out that she is not pregnant.

Not long after, the girls are found, not acting human, but alive.

Much to Annabelle’s dismay, the couple takes in the two girls and tries to give them a normal life.

Of course, normal is not possible in horror movies and I actually got scared instead of disgusted from the usual horror movie blood and guts feature. My dreams, or nightmares rather, are not going to be haunted by the images I saw in the movie, but the story still scared me.

Sure, the movie contains a few of the “let’s make the audience jump” scenes, but the story is advanced by a good ol’ ghost story. This story has never been told and I guarantee it will leave you wondering what will happen next.

“Mama” is a movie with a much needed new concept in the horror industry. I did not know what to expect with the ending and I love that.

A movie with a typical ending gets old and always leaves me a little disappointed, but “Mama” comes with a nice little twist that made me say, “Wait a sec. That’s not suppose to happen.”

Jessica Chastain deserves much credit for her performance in “Mama.” Her ability to play a tough rocker who has to learn to care for two girls she didn’t want definitely made the movie enjoyable to watch. Many horror movies come with bad acting just to get a scare, but “Mama” didn’t use that technique.

“Mama” makes the venture in the cold to go watch it worthy. Horror movies that come out in January tend to disappoint, but “Mama” breaks from the mold in every way.

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