Movie Review: Goodnight Mommy (2022)

Synopsis: Twin brothers Elias and Lukas arrive at their mother's house and discover her face is bandaged from a "procedure." The twins suspect something is wrong when she doesn't act like herself and begin to suspect she is an imposter.

Who's in it? The movie stars Naomi Watts, Peter Hermann, Crystal Lucas-Perry and Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti.

Review: We took my daughter back to college this weekend and by the time we got home, I just wanted to relax on the couch and watch a movie. I came across this one on Amazon Prime and thought it looked interesting, so we ended up giving it a try.

The film has an interesting mystery. From the moment the twins arrive at their mother's (Watts) farm, it's obvious there is something off about her. In addition to having her face bandaged, she doesn't want to sing them their favorite bedtime song, throws away a photo they drew and has a few somewhat suspicious house rules, including not going into the barn. On top of it, she seems almost abusive toward Elias (Cameron Crovetti) while his brother (Nicholas Crovetti) seemed almost ignored.

Adding to the plot is how Lukas seems to be somewhat manipulative. It raised a question about whether their suspicions about their mother are legit or if maybe he's playing some sort of cruel practical joke.

I did think the movie could have used a little faster pacing. The movie had the potential to be a good thriller, but it just never felt as though the boys were in any real danger. My wife and I also were able to figure out the surprise twist before it happened, which minimized the overall impact the big reveal had (though I did like the way the movie ended).

Final Opinion: It's an OK movie but falls a bit short of being a real thriller. I didn't hate it but don't think it is a film that is particularly memorable either.

My Grade: C+


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