Once again a creature feature with children. Except this time they aren’t the targets, mostly. And it’s Guillermo del Toro so the creatures are guaranteed to creep me out.
Mama is about two sisters, Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lilly (Isabelle Nélisse). When they are just one and three years old their father goes crazy and goes on a killing spree that includes his co-workers and their mother. He then takes them and drives off to escape. But all doesn’t go well and the end result is that Lilly and Victoria are lost in the woods for five years before anyone finds them. When they come back they are wild children not having any contact with another human being for all that time. So how did they survive? If you believe girls someone called Mama took care of them and continues to do so even now.
Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), their uncle who had been looking for them the entire time, and his girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain) try to provide a stable home life while Dr. Dreyfuss (Daniel Kash) works to bring them back to being normal children. But of course odd things begin happening.
Mama is trying to still protect and care for them but she has an warped sense of what is harm and doesn’t get she isn’t needed anymore. It’s similar to the movie The Intruders in that whole creature you can’t quite see and no one really believes you. But with Mama there is also that whole mystery of finding out Mama’s true origin. It’s supposed to be interesting but honestly if there is a less thrilling part of the movie that is it.
The ending was not what I expected but made sense with the movie. Actually I would’ve been disappointed had it gone any other way although much like the origin storyline, this was drawn out more than it needed to be. Overall its a decent enough movie that was made watchable by the child actors; the other roles didn’t have enough meat to them to carry this feature. Even though Chastain was good there really isn’t that much interesting for charactacter to do. Without children who could act this would just have been like a made for tv movie. They made it a bit better than that.