Starring: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Having been deeply disappointed by promising trailers for awful horror movies (I’m looking at you VHS) I approached Mama with a bit of trepidation. My hesitance was increased by the decision to see this movie over Identity Thief starring the usually hilarious Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.
The story revolves around two girls who are found in the woods raised by a mysterious guardian known as “Mama” and then adopted by their uncle and his girlfriend. Mysterious events begin to occur to the family, initially explained away as the girls were thought to be living in the woods by themselves, but quickly begin to spiral out of control (much how I imagine the Kardashian household). I was pleasantly surprised by not only the overall story (and an ending I didn’t actually see coming) along with solid acting from the cast. It was also nice to finally see an original story set it self from the revolving door of Hollywood remakes.
While not a movie that has endless replay value for me (like The Ring) I can happily say I made the right choice to see Mama over Identity Thief.