Monday 17 June 2019

Ma review: 'Eventually overwhelmed by silliness and has dubious societal subtexts'

3 stars

Octavia Spencer in Ma
Octavia Spencer in Ma
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Not, as its title might suggest, a salty comedy about an indomitable Dublin matriarch, Ma is an American horror film which at first seems mildly original but really isn’t.

When 16-year-old Maggie (Diana Silvers) moves back to her mother’s home town in Ohio, she befriends a group of high schoolers who are fond of alcohol.

One night, a passer-by called Sue-Ann (Octavia Spencer) agrees to buy beers for them, then tells them they can drink it in her basement.

Sue-Ann seems harmless, but may have ulterior motives.

Ma seems interesting at first, and has a dark sense of humour, but is eventually overwhelmed by silliness and has dubious societal subtexts.

(16, 99mins)

Also releasing this week:

Booksmart review: 'Works perfectly as both comedy and drama - and gets its tone exactly right' Sunset review: 'Kafkaesque, melodramatic, enthralling' Godzilla: King of the Monsters review: 'He looks bored with this whole enterprise'

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