Here’s thefanboyseo.com’s Ma review. It stars Octavia Spencer, Luke Evans, Diana Silvers and more. The film is directed by Tate Taylor. Now showing from United International Pictures Philippines.
In this new psychological horror-thriller from Tate Taylor and Blumhouse, a lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their crazy host.
This new suspense-thriller from Tate Taylor starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer is, as the actress says, fucked up. It’s not over-the-top gory but it does share some story elements from classics like “Old Boy” (the Korean, not the Hollywood). It does satisfy those cravings for some scary and terrifying shit. And if I am to hand out the award for the “Best Worst Way to Die” for 2019, I would definitely give that award to “Ma”. Just ask Luke Evans.
The psychological cat and mouse game within the film is good. Not great, just good. Within the half point mark of the film, I kinda figured out how the movie would work out. Even the people who would eventually die.
What I still can’t figure out is how the titular Ma aka Sue Ann went ahead and exacted her plans just after meeting the kids she helped out as seen in the trailer. The plan was menacing enough and had to be realistically made years before. Although, maybe she’s really smart and managed to concoct a fool-proof plan to terrify the teenagers a few days after hanging out with them. And maybe the kids are just way too stereotypically dumb to know when to call it quits with their benefactor.
OK I really want to write about that gruesome scene I mentioned above but that’ll have spoilers so…
The scene that made Ma stand out from here on out was the way she killed Luke Evans’ character. In the film, she incapacitates Evans and brings her to her home. There she transfuses Ben with the blood of dog into his body which kills him painfully.
End of Spoilers.
The cast were OK for me. Nobody really stood out except for Octavia Spencer. But if you compare this to her other works including “The Help” and “Hidden Figures”, it certainly feels out of place. But you have to chalk it up to the actress who stated in an interview that she wanted to do the film the because she wanted to do something “fucked up”. She really did get her wish on this one too.
Ma Review – Verdict
Not one of the strongest movies that Spencer has made over the past few years, but its one that has some really terrifying stuff. It’s the psychological scarring that people have in our pasts and how they may not have truly gotten over what they experienced. I guess the message the film wants to leave viewers is be kind to one another or the people we step on will kill our offspring decades later. Seriously though, this was an OK suspense thriller.