M3gan is another example of a movie that was originally meant to be rated R, absolutely should be rated R, but is toned down to PG-13 so they can sell more tickets. Instead of focusing on making something awesome for real movie fans, something people will talk about for years, they focus on the casuals and teens (there were even a few children at my viewing). I continue to ask, when are studios going to stop being cowards and have the courage to go all out?
Unfortunately that's far from the only problem with M3gan. My biggest complaint is it feels like such a tease. Part of the reason is the aforementioned limitations which doesn't allow you to be creative with or even show the kills. The other reason is that this movie takes FOREVER to get going. And every time I think, okay here we go, it steps back and makes me wait longer. It's not a long movie, and I don't have a short attention span. I just wanted it to go crazy and it never really did.
Other than that, this is just a mediocre movie. I love a good blend of horror and comedy, but the comedy barely made me laugh, and the horror is barely that. With the exception of a solid performance by the main child, I found the rest of the acting to be serviceable at best.
If you're like me and feel like this barely scratched an itch, watch Malignant. Oh, it scratches. (1 viewing, opening Thursday 1/5/2023)
Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller
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