The movie's not great (it depends on otherwise smart characters doing stupid things in the dark, and oh man, the CG), but it's still imminently watchable, if only for the performance of the two little girls playing feral children Victoria and Lily. The way the little actresses scurry like wild animals, growling and gnashing their teeth after years living alone supported only by their unseen "Mama" is reason alone to see the film.
And even while Jessica Chastain is given the thankless task of acting underneath a simply awful wig, her steeliness and personality are still able to come through in this feature produced by Guillermo del Toro.
Del Toro was so taken by the original short that he worked with Muschetti to get "Mama" made in the same way that del Toro served as mentor/supporter to the directors of "The Orphanage" and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." The "Pacific Rim" director even participated in the Blu-ray release, providing commentary for the original short.
Here's what's on the disc:
- MATRIARCAL SECRETS BD EXCLUSIVE: An in-depth exploration of the digital and practical effects employed to shape the film’s phantom presence.
- DELETED SCENES with Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti
- ORIGINAL SHORT WITH INTRODUCTION BY GUILLERMO DEL TORO with Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti
- THE BIRTH OF MAMA: MAMA began as a chilling short that announced a new voice in the horror genre. Exclusive interviews with Executive Producer Guillermo del Toro and the filmmakers track the bloodline of the feature and explore changes needed to make the transition to a film.
- FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director/Co-Writer Andy Muschietti and Producer/Co-Writer Barbara Muschietti