This was highly entertaining but ultimately a bit of a missed opportunity. Octavia Spencer was marvellous - I think in pretty much anyone else's hands this would've just been complete trash, but her facial expressions and line readings were just brilliant.
It did feel like it sat somewhat awkwardly between being a full-blown camp fest and something a bit more nuanced. There are times when you genuinely do feel for Ma a bit, but that's almost entirely down to the performance I feel, the writing lets her down a tad.
None of the other main characters are worth talking about at all, they're all total generic incredibly stupid teenagers who make the wrong choice at every turn. Juliette Lewis is fun as the mum but does't get much to do. Missi Pyle is hilarious in the two or three scenes she gets but is otherwise wasted. Alison Janney presumably turned up on set one day out of boredom, that or 95% of her role ended up on the cutting room floor for some reason.
Definitely worth a watch, I was chortling thoughout, but not quite what it could have been.
Meh. I love the fact that we're having a bit of a psycho bitch renaissance in movies, but this was not suspenseful at all and not as camp as it could have been. Between this and Greta Isabelle Huppert wins, no contest. Luke Evans looked hot though.
I really enjoyed this tbh. Completely ludicrous, very fun, Spencer was obviously having a great time.
It really did go from zero to 60 in no time at all though with
Mercedes killed, the dog maimed, Luke Evans kidnapped and the kid's all tortured and the policeman shot
all in the space of about 5 minutes... I was like WTF?
On the 'angry black woman', 'not sure if this is the right time' comment from someone above, the first thing my boyfriend said was 'I don't think I've ever seen a movie where a black woman gets to play the villain like that'. And I thought back, and closest I could think of was Lupita in Us (and that doesn't really count because she plays the heroine too). It's FINE for a black woman to play the villain - if we don't allow that to happen then we're preventing black women from getting the same range as their white and male counterparts. We need to stop overthinking that IMO.