- 1 hr 40 min
In the horror-thriller film Mama, two young girls, Victoria and Lilly, are left alone in a cabin in the woods after their father murders their mother and disappears. Five years later, they are found living feral and rescued by their uncle, Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), who take them into their home. However, it becomes apparent that the girls were not alone in the woods and that they have brought something spooky with them that is not content on letting them go. Jessica Chastain delivers an excellent performance as the rocker girlfriend who is thrust into a motherly role with two young girls who are still haunted by the events that drove them into the wild. At the beginning of the movie, Annabel seems to be very reluctant to take on this new role, but as time passes, she comes to care deeply about the girls and will do anything to protect them. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who is best known for his role as Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones, is also impressive as the uncle who must step up and take care of his nieces after their father disappears. He and Chastain have great chemistry on screen, and it's clear that they are both trying their best to make a new family unit work. The two young actresses who play Victoria and Lilly, Megan Charpentier and Isabelle NÃ©lisse respectively, both deliver brave performances that manage to be both terrifying and heartbreaking. It's clear that they have been through a lot, and their childlike innocence and their ability to still believe in magic and wonder help give the film a supernatural edge. Director AndrÃ©s Muschietti deserves a lot of credit for creating a genuinely creepy atmosphere in the movie. He uses shadows and darkness to great effect, and even the seemingly mundane images of a moth crawling across a wall or a pile of clothing on a chair are enough to send shivers down your spine. Mama is a horror movie that uses its supernatural elements to explore themes of motherhood, loss, and grief. While it is undoubtedly scary, it's also a deeply emotional film that will leave you moved as well as terrified. This potent mix of scares and emotions makes Mama not just a great horror film, but a great film in general. In conclusion, Mama is a horror movie that is sure to send chills down your spine. With strong performances from its cast, excellent directing from AndrÃ©s Muschietti, and a genuinely creepy atmosphere, it's a film that will stick with you long after the credits have rolled. If you're a fan of horror movies that explore deeper emotional themes, then Mama is definitely worth checking out.