“M3GAN” is the Queen of 2024 – Movie Review

It seems like in the past few years, we have had a notable increase in horror movies that perfectly suit my tastes. The kind that could easily be confused as bad. They are usually full of camp, humor (intentional or otherwise), and end with an insane final act. For a reference point, I am thinking about movies like Ma, Malignant, and Barbarian. Those three were some of my instant favorites the years they were released. When I saw the trailer for M3GAN, I knew it was something special. You can’t just dance down a hallway like that and expect the world to ignore you.

M3GAN (2023)

After her sister and brother-in-law die in a car accident, Gemma (Allison Williams) takes custody of her niece, Cady. Gemma is not exactly the parent-type, as she spends most of her waking time at work. She works for a toy factory and is currently working on a revolutionary new doll that utilizes Artificial Intelligence to create strong bonds with its owners. The doll, known as M3GAN, is in the prototype stage when Cady begins playing with her.

Chucky For a New Generation

It is not long before Cady forms an unhealthy bond with M3GAN and M3GAN begins evolving. Before long, M3GAN becomes something that no one – not even Gemma – could have predicted. Then, there is no one who can stop her.

Coming out in January is a risk for any movie that wants to be taken seriously. For years, January has been known as a dumping ground for big studios. Despite this, horror films have traditionally seen strong box office reception during the first month of the year. Because of this, they tend to be one of the only genres consistently putting out product in January. While risky, M3GAN proves that good movies can still come from the cold of winter.

What works in M3GAN’s favor is that it is fun. It is a deliciously over the top romp that reminds you how ridiculous it is any time it comes close to becoming too serious. From M3GAN’s emotionless face to her TikTok-worthy dance moves to her reign of terror on anyone that hurts Cady, M3GAN is a camp queen.

A Delicate Balance

The movie toes the line of silly and serious so delicately that it can take a while to get used to. I found myself going from laughing to staring in disbelief at her dirty deeds, but once I “got” the tone, I was all in on this doll.

Even beyond the extravagant circumstances, M3GAN is a genuinely fun movie. It moves quickly and with such a breeze that it never feels heavy. You can truly just sit back and enjoy the ride from beginning to end, without ever having to put too much thought into it.

For some, this may sound like an indictment on the filmmaking. For me, I mean it as an utmost strong recommendation. The heavy dramas that fill the cineplex this time of year can make you feel fulfilled, if sometimes emotionally exhausted. M3GAN is the easiest of watches and you will finish it feeling satisfied, all the same.

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