Guillermo del Toro, who often produces for first time directors, became involved with the latest PG-13 ghost story in theaters after Spanish commercial-director Andrés Muschietti sent him a short film.
Sadly, Mamá the short is much more captivating than Mama the feature starring Jessica Chastain as the non-maternal bass player-girlfriend of a man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) whose brother recently died after committing a heinous crime.
Here’s a plot summary, from del Toro himself (void of spoilers unless you haven’t seen a preview):
“The kids are abandoned in the woods by their father. It’s half-fairy tale, half-horror film, and they survive five years in the wilderness and nobody knows exactly how. And the thing that kept them alive is a ghost. It looked after them, it’s a presence of a dead mother. And then they come back to civilization and it comes with them.”
Considering the fact that the ghost in Mama looks like a cross-eyed tree with hair, I have to question why Del Toro, who tends to favor animatronics and people in costume over computer-generated images, would approve this.
I would like everything about this movie if there was no damn “Mama.” (Or maybe if Mama had been played by an actual person, and not a pile of wind-blown sticks with googly eyes.)
————–[Ghost from Mama 2008]——————————-[Ghost from Mama 2013]—————-
Don’t even get me started on the ending! I give it TWO LEMONS OUT OF FIVE.