M3GAN Review: A Not Scary Doll In A Disappointing Movie

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M3GAN, a new project from Universal Studios with Blumhouse, being produced by the cursed doll king James Wan and directed by Gerard Johnstone, follows the story of Gemma, played by Allison Williams, who is a brilliant roboticist for a toy company who uses artificial intelligence to develop M3GAN, a realistic doll programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and parents’ greatest ally. After unexpectedly gaining custody of her orphaned niece named Cady, played by Violet McGraw, Gemma enlists the help of the M3GAN prototype to care for the little girl. However, being a prototype M3GAN still comes with certain system errors. The film dedicates its first 40 to 50 minutes to introduce two major different types of discussion that end up being encompassed within the narrative of the story as a whole and they are primarily the way Gemma works in the company with pressure beyond the normal coming from her boss David (Ronny Chieng), the company where Gemma works as she is known as Funki in the film is going through a time of crisis, and hence the idea of launching M3GAN, which would be this new product that would make the company rekindle again.

The second type of discussion in these first 50 minutes of the film would be the development of the little girl Cady herself who ends up having the loss of her parents and which encompasses the trauma in the girl right after. From the beginning of the film you can notice that the whole film would be some kind of satire for big companies that always think they can make a technological advance that always ends up going wrong, during the whole movie this agenda of some kind of company doing something wrong kind of distributed throughout the entire film, which makes the viewer feel a little weird, not to mention that repeating this throughout the entire film is a dialogue with no kind of coherence in the film, something gets boring and cloying even too much for a subject that at that moment it would be something simple.

Most of the time while I was watching the movie I really didn’t know if what I was watching was a comedy movie or a horror movie that’s all because of the M3GAN character who ends up being developed in this kind of confusing way, and obviously because of the rating Indicated for children under 13 years of age, the film treats “violence” in a totally different way than some other films, a way that does not give you any kind of tension or much less fear. Watching M3GAN is the same thing as looking at something in the dark, there are incomplete scenes, for example having a death, you know that a certain person died because of the montage but at no time does M3GAN even try to show any death in full, this is all because of the classification indicative as I had said before that makes you not watching a horror or a thriller like Chucky or even Annabelle herself which was also produced by Blumhouse but watching a silly movie for children like Scooby-Doo. Surely for me the biggest problem of the movie will be the violence that is never shown to represent a movie that was supposed to make you tense and scared all the time, M3GAN having the indicative rating of 13 years will definitely attract more people for cinema which can earn a lot of money, and with more money possibly the film will have a sequel, but unfortunately the film does not have an absurd quality. Something that M3GAN talks about several times and how important that new artificial intelligence they are using is, even comparing it to the invention of cars, but as in the film they address this several times I keep thinking how expensive a project like this would be in the hands of 3 super incompetent people? M3GAN is a film where you have to close your eyes, turn on your suspension of disbelief and let what is on the screen happen at all times because if you look for some kind of logic you will clearly find a hole in the gigantic scripts that make this film is very poorly written and very poorly executed.

Cinematography of M3GAN is something beautiful, but not something glamorous, the direction of the film follows a lot with a grayish tone on the screen that I particularly do not like, I find it ugly and too basic, but there are certain scenes that I like a lot as a sequence that the film there is a “forest” inside and also the last 15 minutes that would be the end of the film where several interesting and cool scenes happen. M3GAN obviously triggers the possibility of a sequel and even a franchise, this should all depend of course on the box office. Finally, I was not a big fan of this style of comedy dressed over a transparent “horror” mantle, I do think that the film had enough potential even to compete with Child’s Play from 2019, which uses the same proposal of a robotic doll that ends up going wrong, but unfortunately it did not manage to reach the same level.

Rating: 60%

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Jamar
Jamar
26 days ago

Talking about “turning on your suspension of belief” and calling it poorly written is out of bad taste. Clearly there is nothing in the current real world like M3GAN. So saying it is poorly written and executed is ridiculous considering I doubt you know how Artificial Intelligence will work in the future. I highly consider watching this movie again and focus on the theme of what makes something real and what makes something robotic. The film is not perfect by any means, but this review is a ridiculous attempt at trying to be different

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