Ma (2019)

Tate Taylor directs Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers and Juliette Lewis in this psychological horror where a group of teens start to party at a lonely middle aged lady’s house, only to discover their host wants a lot more from them than weekend company.

Very early on you realise the adult cast for this are far too prestigious for such small roles. It is strange watching Alison Janney in an insignificant tenth billed three scene-r part that should have went to some jobbing actress. That’s the queerest thing about Ma; a Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?-style hagspolitation update for the social media age. The film itself is uneven and uncertain. The lurches into violence seem tonally off rather than well calculated shocks. There are elements of the plot left vague and unexplored while we are distracted by a rote group of teens making poor decisions and gallingly surviving for far too much of the runtime. There are enough quality elements within not to write Ma completely off but it is an unsatisfying watch.

5

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