Movie Review: “M3GAN” dances and stabs her way into viewers’ hearts


Universal Pictures

“M3GAN” premiered on Jan. 6 and was directed by Gerard Johnstone.

Grant Asner

Modern-day horror films may only consist of ear-drum-bursting jumpscares and brutal death scenes but “M3GAN,” well “M3GAN” isn’t much different. So what do these movies do? They create a sub-genre of comedy that seems to only be funny to children not old enough to be viewing a bloody horror film, but “M3GAN” was actually hilarious.

The movie, which was directed by Gerard Johnstone, follows one of our protagonists Cady (Violet McGraw) who’s been taken to a hospital after a tragic car crash involving her and both of her parents. Cady’s Aunt Gemma (Allison Williams), a roboticist at kid’s toy company “Funki,” is left to take care of her and is observed by a social worker in her Seattle home, to see if she is a responsible new guardian for Cady. Cady admits to Gemma, after avoiding all conversations with her, that she is lonely and wants to play with other kids. Something sparks in Gemma’s head, creating her company’s greatest idea yet: M3GAN, short for Model 3 Generative ANdroid. M3GAN is a robot programmed to care and to answer to any of Cady’s needs, but once M3GAN gets too attached, she will eliminate anything in her way to protect Cady.

Though the plot is unique, I wouldn’t go as far as saying it brings any new elements to horror. However, the special thing about M3GAN that separates her from other killer dolls like “Chucky” and “Annabelle” is her constantly expanding artificial intelligence that quickly outsmarts her maker. She is also more talkative, emotional and realistic, which helped provide more of a deeper story for her as well as improved how the movie wrapped up.

This entire movie was compacted with ridiculous and satirical scenes like M3GAN dancing or singing 2000s pop anthems, which explains why the whole theater was laughing to the point you couldn’t even hear the movie. M3GAN was a complete 180 from my expectations and was awesome to see with all of my family. I highly recommend this movie if you’re looking for a big laugh and a pinch of horror.