Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 12:09PM
What's up guys! This will be a new article posted once a moth letting you know my pick for the best film I saw the previous month. This past month I saw several films, of which most were absolute crap, but there were a few gems in the pile. My top pic for the month of June is Andrés Muschietti's Mama. This is his full length directorial debut, and is based on a short film he wrote of the same title. Here is the IMDB synopses:
The senior partner of an investment brokerage Jeffrey has a breakdown and kills his two associates and his wife. Then he takes his three-year old daughter Victoria and the one-year old daughter Lilly and drives his car through a winding snowing road. He has a car accident and fall off a cliff, but he brings his daughters to an abandoned and isolated cabin to kill them, but the children are saved by a creepy ghostly creature. Five years later, Jeffrey's brother Lucas finds the children that were raised without social relationship and claim that they have been raised by Mama. Lucas disputes the custody with the children's grandmother but Dr. Dreyfuss, who is studying the girls, selects Lucas to take care of the children. Lucas lives with his girlfriend Annabel, who plays in a rock'n'roll band, and Victoria and Lilly moves to their house. Soon Lucas and Annabel find that the girls were not delusional and they are not alone in the house.
The film stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones) as both the kids father and twin, Uncle Lucas, and Jessica Chastain (Maya in Zero Dark Thirty) as Annabel, Lucas' girlfriend.
Despite an obvious (yet really creepy) CGI ghost, I thought the story was amazing, and quite refreshing. The kids were not annoying as they can be in a horror film, and there wasn't an over use of unnecessary noises or triggers to tell you something is about to happen like most ghost stories. Nothing felt like it was rushed, and the timing was great. Really my only complaint, just because there has to be one, is the ghost. It was quite a bit cartoony. Although the motions and creep factor were very high, I wasn't always convinced. Otherwise the was a beautifully done film, and kudos to the Writer/Director Andrés Muschietti for such a brilliant film on his debut outing. Although they plaster Guillermo Del Toro's name all over the film, and trailer, and poster, he was only the Executive Producer, so I give all credit where credit is due. Poster and trailer below!