REVIEW: ‘Ma’ Makes Herself Unforgettable

I finally got around to watching the new Blumhouse film, MaAside from the trailer, I didn’t know much going into it.

Diana Silvers (Booksmart) stars as Maggie, a teenager and her mom, Erica (Juliette Lewis). Erica’s divorced and works a lot to make some extra money. Maggie quickly joins a friend group and finds herself outside of a liquor store, asking adults to buy them alcohol.

Along comes Sue Ann/Ma (Spencer), who ends up being the one who purchases the alcohol. She comes off super nice and tells the kids to be careful. After another run-in with Sue Ann, the kids are invited to drink in her basement, so they have a safe place to party. Sounds a little to good to be true. She tells them that the only rule is to stay in the basement and to not go upstairs. I guess if I was a high schooler that was only looking to party, I wouldn’t think twice. But as a viewer, definitely a bit sketchy.

At this point, I’m trying to figure out where this story is going to go. Obviously the fun has to end sometime and these kids have to go through something horrific. After all, this is a horror film. It already reads as disturbing, with Ma partying with these teens. The kids finally start to realize something’s off, when Ma becomes obsessive and won’t leave them alone. Let’s just say Ma doesn’t like being ignored.

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Film Title: Ma

We learn about Ma’s past through a series of flashbacks. You can quickly piece the story together once those are revealed. It shows that over the years, high school doesn’t change. People who go there, can experience the same things.  It’s a story about trauma, revenge and being scared. There’s a reason for her party-girl personality. There’s a reason she doesn’t want to be ignored. She went through something horrific, and now it’s her turn to be the horrific one.

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But high school is in Ma’s past. She experience something terrible and that’s all she can live with. It’s about how she views herself, in other people’s eyes. The sadness has gone and all she’s left with is anger. This daydream the kids are experiencing quickly turns into a nightmare.

Octavia Spencer shines as she always does. She’s cool, nice, fun, sympathetic at times and just plain psycho. I would love to see another film about this character just because she’s so fun to watch. She reminds everyone that she’s still in pain from her past. It’s Ma’s turn to make a name for herself and she doesn’t hold back.

If you like slasher films, I feel you would enjoy this. It’s definitely modern, but does a great job of making it relatable. I hope Octavia Spencer does more horror movies in the future, villain or non-villain. Ma’s a great time!

RATING – 7.5/10

 

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