Ma (2019)

Directed By: Tate Taylor

Starring: Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, Diana Silvers, Luke Evans, McKaley Miller, Missi Pyle, Corey Fogelmanis, Marjay Ross, Gianni Paolo, and Dante Brown

Synopsis: A lonely middle-aged woman befriends some teenagers and decides to let them party in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober, don’t curse, and never go upstairs. They must also refer to her as Ma. But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on Earth.

Review: The trailers for MA looked a whole lot more creepy than the movie actually is. While MA stands as a good movie it had so much missed opportunity. The movie doesn’t really focus on the trauma of what MA went through that made her the way she was. I think the movie would have benefited more from spending more time with the past, instead of quick flashbacks, which didn’t quite achieve what was aimed for.

I stick by the fact I enjoyed the movie, but it is a movie clearly aimed at the more teenage audience and not to a more mature audience who would expect a little more psychological aspects scattered through out, and have you leave the cinema with chills and being a little creeped out. Which it didn’t.

The characters in the movie are all one dimensional, except from MA, which kind of has you rooting for her. The teenagers and the adult characters have nothing likeable or uniwuet to them and you couldn’t really care what there fate is.

As a whole it’s the most basic of movies that really was made to earn Blumhouse a few extra pound. It is a good movie, not to much gore or many scares but does entertain. MA doesn’t delve into characters etc besides MA herself, so we don’t end up liking or caring about any of the characters and if I’m being honest I cannot remember a single one of their names. It would be a movie you watch on a rainy Friday evening with a group of friends and some treats.

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