A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, and Juliette Lewis
Directed by: Tate Taylor
Written by: Scotty Landed
The weekend is here, and you’re looking to party! Look no further than Ma’s house! Under age drinking and drugs…no problem! Drink, dance, lock lips, take a nap, whatever…just don’t piss off Ma. Ma throws a wild party, but is “MA” the movie just as exciting?
Lets start with the obvious and commend Octavia Spencer for her portrayal of Ma. Ma never really seems normal, but Octavia takes her character from as close to normal as Ma can be to totally nuts by the end. Unfortunately the rest of the cast is just alright. The next most important role is Maggie played by Diana Silvers. Maybe it’s because she’s playing the new girl in school, but she never really stands out. She just didn’t get her character to the point where you’re rooting for her when Ma becomes totally twisted.
The other thing that holds back this movie is that it’s predictable. After the parties start the audience is shown Ma having flashbacks of herself in high school. Lets just say she wasn’t the most popular kid, and this lets the audience quickly figure out what’s going on here. Soon enough it becomes an obvious story of bullying and revenge. The only question left is how far Ma will go to carry out her revenge.
In the end, “Ma” fails to be as exciting as the parties she throws. Octavia clearly stands out in her role as Ma. However, the teen cast can’t follow with a strong performance of their own. Not to say the movie is boring, just that there’s nothing really new for horror fans. The story is put together too well leaving nothing to surprise horror fans, including moments that might make others cringe. With that said, I give it 2 pools of blood, and move on to the next party!