M3GAN (2023)

Director: Gerard Johnstone
Writer/s: Akela Cooper, James Wan
Starring: Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Amie Donald, Jenna Davis, Ronny Chieng, and more.

The Intro:
Ahh, January movie releases. A dumping ground largely filled with misfit, badly screen tested movies, and absolute garbage horror. Color me surprised when I looked at the line-up for the first couple of months where it’s actually quite bright and hopeful. To start, I dove into the James Wan penned, Gerard Johnstone directed horror sci-fi flick, “M3GAN.” The trailer not only had me intrigued but had me laughing in a “what the f*&#” kind of way. So let’s see if the feature film can capitalize on the solid trailer.

IMDb Summary:
“A robotics engineer at a toy company builds a life-like doll that begins to take on a life of its own.”

The Oberrating:
So I had certain expectations for “M3GAN.” I thought there was going to be a certain level of horror and jump scares to the movie, instead I got one hell of a horror comedy blend. For real people, this stuff was funny as HELL! Whether subtle or overt, both Abby and I were laughing on multiple occasions. Abby even whispered to me, “Am I supposed to be laughing?” Don’t get me wrong, there are enough moments to push the horror genre forward within “M3GAN” to spook some pediophobics, but ultimately this is a straight up horror comedy. I mean, c’mon, Ronny freaking Chieng is the big bad boss of the toy company… Mr. blunt dark comedy himself. Plenty to possibly find enjoyable here, folks.

“M3GAN” plays the parody card hard and this was yet another thing that I found enjoyment in. Right out of the gate we watch a commercial for what is essentially a Furby, yet tablet driven and far more immersive. After that, they hit the ground running with plenty of parodies of famous toys and films. For some this may work, for others and me, this was more fun for a leisurely watch. Speaking of leisurely watch, while being an under two hour long movie, I feel like I blinked and it was over. This is a testament to how much fun I was having watching “M3GAN” and enough was happening to keep me locked in, curious, and entertained.

The Wrap-Up:
“M3GAN” is absurd. There’s no doubt about it. So absurd that there’s random moments of M3gan breaking out into song, dancing, and saying simply off the wall stuff. Despite the absurdity, c’mon, it is so damn funny, and that’s all that matters to me when it comes to having a good time at the movies. Leaning toward being a dark comedy rather than a full blown horror movie, “M3GAN” is an incredibly welcome 2023 first movie and will probably be a movie I will be recommending for a good while during this year and beyond.

Rating: 3/5


Edited by Abby McNatt

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