If you haven't seen the viral marketing yet (where have you been?!), a new horror icon is born in M3GAN, a delightfully absurd slice of sci-fi horror from Blumhouse Productions. Watch this film and you'll never want to buy your child a doll ever again.

When Gemma (Allison Williams) suddenly becomes the caretaker of her orphaned 8-year-old niece, Cady (Violet McGraw), Gemma's unsure and unprepared to be a parent. Under intense pressure at work, Gemma decides to pair her M3GAN prototype with Cady in an attempt to resolve both problems-a decision that will have unimaginable consequences.
Sometimes you just have to let your guard down for a film and let yourself get swept up in its ridiculousness. That's the best way to experience M3GAN, a film that's been compared to Malignant however, in my opinion, a much better film. The creative trio of director Gerard Johnstone and writers Akela Cooper and James Wan deliver a highly entertaining film that delivers a creepy premise with some sinister sequences combined with comedic moments that make this an absolute blast to sit through.

M3GAN is brought to life through a physical performance from Amie Donald that is enhanced by the work of the great people at Wētā FX, seamless as she becomes a feature of home life with Gemma and Cady. She's there to befriend and protect Cady at any cost, events escalating rather rapidly to see M3GAN become a new favourite villain of horror. It's unsettling to watch at times as she tries to ensure Cady has a problem-free life, yet also pretty funny, particularly when Like Toy Soldiers comes into play quite brilliantly.
Another who delivers a fine performance is Violet McGraw as Cady. Feeling so alone and vulnerable after the death of her parents, McGraw ensures the character feels as if she needs the friend made for her in M3GAN. It's an interesting foray into the reliance of technology and McGraw does well to highlight just how attitudes can change in a child if they don't normalise themselves with human interaction. Allison Williams delivers the paranoia of a creator against their creation well enough to make her warring with M3GAN over Cady's upbringing thoroughly entertaining.

It's rare to see a horror released in the January dumping grounds thrive as much as M3GAN but it seriously is what the film deserves. It knows exactly what kind of film it is and owns it throughout. A sequel is already in the works but I just hope they know when to stop with these. Now I've said that, watch M3GAN appear in the next Fast & Furious film.

Verdict: ★★★★


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