Ma (2019) — Movie Review

So it took a little longer than I thought, but I finally was able to catch the new film “Ma” starring Octavia Spencer and directed by Tate Taylor. 

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I was looking forward to this film, as I’m a big horror fan, I enjoy watching Octavia Spencer (the woman can do no wrong), and I like most of Blumhouse’s films. Actually, I take that back, I like some of Blumhouse’s films. 

Anyways, let’s get into it. Ma was pretty hyped during the marketing phase.

With the successes of A Quiet Place, Get Out, Bird Box and Us (still don’t know how that movie was so praised), the horror/thriller scene has been pretty enjoyable lately for the most part. Now with that said, I’m here to tell you that this film was not all it was hyped up to be. Yeah, I didn’t really care for it. Sure, It had a few impressive moments, but overall, it was a letdown.

There was some good in this film, I’ll make it simple for you: Octavia Spencer. That’s it. That’s the only thing I enjoyed about this movie. She was excellent. Once again displaying her immense acting chops and comfortability behind the camera, she easily carried this film and saved it from being a complete trainwreck.

Alongside Octavia is a cast of completely unforgettable and stupid throw-away, one-dimensional characters who add absolutely nothing to the story, which speaking of the story, that was also choppy at times and severely incoherent, most notably the dialogue and story structure.

Octavia did great with what she was given, but damn the script was so bad at times I thought I was watching a made-for-TV-movie. Even with all my complaints though, it’s definitely not the worst film I’ve ever seen, but still, you can skip it and wait for it on Netflix.

“Ma” God this movie was whack.

Overall, I’m gonna give Ma a 4/10, only cause my aforementioned praise of Octavia Spencer. Other than that, let’s toss Ma in the Netflix and chill category and call it a day.