Released in Brazilian theaters this Thursday (1), M3GAN has already arrived acclaimed. That’s because the feature debuted in the United States a few days earlier, and, in addition to winning over the audience, it secured good marks from specialized critics. This success has reason to be, and it is the merit of the screenwriter Akela Cooper who signs titles like Maligno and The Nun 2, and James Wan, the creator of The Conjuring and Saw who is also participating in the project.
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The success of the film is due to the intelligent way of mixing humor, drama and terror, without falling into nonsense or forcing sarcasm. Nothing in M3GAN is forced, from the plot to the soundtrack, everything fits together well.
Heads up! This review contains M3GAN spoilers!
The feature begins by showing Gemma (Allison Williams), a roboticist who works in an important laboratory and who is developing a prototype doll, created by artificial intelligence, to interact in the most natural way possible with children. Despite her bosses not believing in the project, she continues to believe that it can work.
One day, stunned by the demands, she receives a call and learns that her sister and brother-in-law died in a car accident and that she will now have custody of her niece Cady (Violet McGraw). Without having the slightest intimacy with the girl, Gemma goes to meet her.
The two then move in together, but the roboticist doesn’t know whether to focus on work or take care of the little orphan. It is at that moment that she decides to finalize the prototype of M3GAN so that the doll can play with Cady, and for the girl to leave her alone.
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Does technology replace the human?
One of the main points of the film is the criticism he makes of society in relation to the consumption of technology. If in Death, Death, Death, by director Halina Reijn, there is a criticism aimed at generation Z, in M3GAN this judgment is broader.
In the feature film, the problem dealt with is precisely the fact that we delegate human functions to technological innovations, such as child care, for example. Gemma is so focused on her work that she doesn’t care about connecting with Cady, knowing how she feels after losing her parents, or making her home a warm and welcoming place.
At a certain point in history, Tess (Jen Brown), a friend of Gemma, asks her if she is not too distant from the girl.
Comedy at its heart
Anyone who goes to movie theaters expecting to watch a horrifying horror will certainly be disappointed with M3GAN, after all the film has comedy as its central axis, but it still delivers good scares.
From the moment the doll ‘comes to life’, the killings begin. His first victim is the neighbor’s dog, which has bitten Cady’s arm. The scene leaves the viewer tense wondering if they will see any cruelty to the animal, but director Gerard Johnstone is right not to leave anything explicit on the screen. After all, everyone knows that there is no greater suffering than seeing the dog dying in the movie.
After that tense moment, M3GAN takes other victims, like the brat boy who disturbed Cady and even the rude neighbor next door. The insight of the film was precisely to make these deaths have a comic ‘what’.
It’s fun to see the doll running after the boy like a rabid dog, and also to see her doing the little dance—which even went viral on social media—before murdering an executive at the company Gemma works for.
There is no denying that there are few deaths in the film, and it is difficult to categorize it as a slasher, but those that do happen are well executed. And, by the way, it is important to point out that the special effects and makeup are also very pleasing. The doll’s face is well done and makes it almost real.
Soundtrack and performances positively surprise
Since we are talking about hits, the soundtrack of M3GAN really surprised with songs like Titanium, by Sia and David Guetta. The highlight, however, is the scene in which the doll sweetly sings Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball for Cady to sleep. The contrast of the sweetness sung with the lyrics of the song brings out some good laughs.
Another plus point is the acting in the film. Child actress Violet McGraw builds a melancholic Cady to the measure, and gives her just the right tone; neither too much drama nor overreactions.
Allison Williams, who lives the roboticist Gemma, also hits the tone. You can see her evolution from the boring young Marnie in Girls to now, as the protagonist. The secondary characters gain little prominence, but when they appear on the scene, they are not bothersome.
After all, is M3GAN worth watching?
With an intelligent and fun plot, M3GAN knew how to bring to the screen a good suspense plot that mixed social criticism and comedy. In addition, he was also pleased to be able to deliver a story with a killer doll that differed from others already seen, such as Annabelle, Chucky and O Boneco do Mal.
Therefore, it is fair to say that M3GAN is worth watching and that the film has the potential to win over Brazilians—as long as it is seen more as a comedy than a horror.
If you want to give the film a chance, you can buy your tickets at Ticket.com.