Do you remember the overwhelming joy that filled your heart when you saw this game? What seems perfect to you. Whether it's a Cabbage Patch Kid, a Furby or even Tickle Me Elmo, it doesn't matter if your parents don't understand his cuteness. You are in love with your new boyfriend.
Well, that's what many felt when they first saw M3GAN in a trailer last October where American Girl Doll Gone Wild invaded and hacked and then launched her into an inexplicable yet powerful dance. It gave us goosebumps and won our hearts. But can the real movie behind this crazy trailer live up to the powerful emotions that dance has fueled, both in our souls and on LGBT TikTok? I'm happy to report that the answer is yes.
Keep your wig because a bizarre monster has arrived and he has a better victory than the Babadook.
What is M3GAN about ?
The killer doll and the creepy children's subgenre collide in Gerard Johnston's ( Housebound ) spicy thriller. After losing her parents in a tragic car accident, nine-year-old Cady (a heartbroken Violet McGraw) is placed in the care of her aunt Gemma (Allison Williams), a workaholic game designer who is completely obsessed with she. Build: M3GAN. (Generative Android Model 3). A charming life-size doll, M3GAN has quickly become a popular craze for newborns and caregivers. To Cady, she is a friend and protector who always has time for her and can never die, unlike her very unreliable and murderous parents! For Gemma, M3GAN is a tireless nanny and a path to great professional success. That is, until he began to suspect that the M3GAN protocols were circumventing Isaac Asimov's first law of collisions.
M3GAN follows in the footsteps of Chucky from Child 's Play and is cute and scary at the same time. There is something excitingly charming about that piercing gaze and the naïve assumption that play can't hurt. But because it looks so realistic, this film has the added appeal of creepy childhood horror. M3GAN appears as Robo Roda, the lovable little serial killer from 1956's The Bad Seed , from his neatly trimmed hair to his casual clothes and creepy smile. We wonder, especially as she begins to impress Cady, what kind of darkness lurks behind this innocent facade?
Johnston embraces this mysterious valley through contrast. Teenage actress and dancer Amy Donald plays the physicist M3GAN, giving her natural grace, but with a tone so subtle it seems childish. Meanwhile, while her hair and dress make her perfect for a photo shoot, the doll's hands are decidedly rubbery, as is her face, which is a constant reminder of the loneliness between her and her dysfunctional human family. Whether you're jamming, practicing handwashing etiquette, staring, or singing the chill-inducing version of "Titanium," M3GAN is both beautiful and brutal because it's unknown. In the blink of an eye, she can be flipping through self-help books about grief, or hunting down a creepy little boy like a bear stalks a poacher who threatens her cubs. After all, she's a star, so who are we not to be dazzled?
M3GAN focuses on mature concerns.
Despite its PG-13 rating, Akeelah Cooper's screenplay (with a story by James Wan) is steeped in the angst of adulthood: being a bad parent, stuck with a child you don't want to not have, and struggling to balance the work and life. and fear of success, which reflects nightmares.
Allison Williams (who made her mark on the horror genre with Jordan Peele's Get Out ) firmly establishes human drama in this killer sci-fi dollhouse. With a personality defined by her ambition and action, Gemma struggles when her flamboyant niece needs her attention and a boy doesn't know the difference between toys and collectibles. His concerns with parenting and identity shine through, leaving viewers with goosebumps to get to know him. This demonstrates the ideal setup for M3GAN for tasks such as aphid detection, taking on the role of shoulder to cry on, storyteller, guide and mentor. It's a gift, and a homemade uniform, that works with the millennial pride of rush culture in a mix of complex feelings.
There is incredible excitement at this point in the honeymoon, as Cady happily frolics with her robot friend and Gemma rejoices in her sense of focus, sleep, and time returning to herself. (A parent's dream!) But cracks begin to appear in that shell: a sharp stare here, a quivering silicone lip there, a sarcastic response in a tense moment. And with each we feel that the honeymoon is over. Terror is coming. And with every step towards disaster, we laugh in anticipation. Not that we want to see Gemma destroyed, not necessarily, but perhaps we cringe at the realization of her selfishness, and on some level we long to see her destroyed. (Even, or especially, if we can imagine following in his footsteps.) And besides, M3GAN is a slasher slasher.
Is M3GAN the next Freak Horror icon?
Much of the humor in M3GAN feels messy in the best possible way. A small miracle with a titanium core mixes shades with the cold sharpness of a frozen dropper. Kudos to Jenna Davis, whose vocal performance as M3GAN sounds like your talking Barbie slowly starting to despise you. Alongside TikTok dancer Donald, M3gan is a beast of sexy charisma that seems to capture the feelings of Bette Davis and Ice Queen Joan Crawford without the cheesy theatrics.
The image of the infinite woman, together with the third act monologue, reinforces the underlying nuances of the film's bizarre reading, as M3GAN condemns Gemma not only as a bad mother, but also as a capricious partner. There's a kind of heartbreaking madness to this scene, but thanks to Davis' earnestness and Williams' horror, there's also an essence of raw emotion that makes this confrontation not only infuriating, but startling.
How scary is M3GAN?
satisfying! Don't mistake a PG-13 rating for a red flag. Admittedly, there isn't much blood here compared to the Saw Van films. But the massacre was nevertheless badly damaged by Johnston's clever escalation of the threat. Some of the violence happens off-screen, thanks to a sneaky, choking-inducing outburst. But for little Cady's hated enemies, the showdown will be a scene of torture, though not gory.
The kill scenes are fun, a little scary for disoriented adults on the verge of death. But it is uncertainty that drives them to provide such perverted joy. Johnston patiently creates scenarios, allowing us to confidently immerse ourselves in the carnage to come. This famous dance is a dramatic confirmation of this. Like Michael Myers who relentlessly stalks his victims, M3GAN satisfies us with its calm but firm, if more effective, approach to its doomed victims. Every step in this classic shoe gives you goosebumps.
Is M3GAN Worth the Membership Fee ?
Look, let's be honest: This movie could have been incredibly silly and probably very funny. But there's more to this killer game/scary movie for kids than meets the eye. With thoughtful character designs brought together from two hit shows, Johnston has created a new horror icon with M3GAN. Like the bomber jackets that have stalked her before, she has a creepy style enhanced by her destructive femininity. Their dance scene isn't just a fleeting moment of unforgettable mayhem, it's part of what sets M3GAN apart; It's a little girl's dream game and a parent's worst nightmare. It's complex, challenging and terrifying!
Furthermore, Williams has created an emotional center in the film that makes viewers interested in the survival of their tormented heroine. Of course, many third-rate characters (rude neighbor, cowardly colleague, sniper leader) are hardly drawn. But spending time developing them takes time away from the real star of the film. Also, in this game they are like dominoes to flip and you don't have to get too attached to them.
In the end, M3GAN came out on top for not only introducing a gripping new slasher to the weird horror sub-genre, but also scaring us deeply before they even existed. Cooper and Johnston have taken a silly concept and destroyed it, just like their awesome Demon Suppression… well, you'll see.
Simply put, if you like horror movies, you should watch M3GAN.
M3GAN hits theaters on January 6th.