M3GAN, the Chucky of Generation Z?
The film “M3GAN” enjoys unexpected success in cinemas in North America.
While Avatar continues to generate the highest box office receipts, a disturbing doll stalks the big-budget film, coming in second commercial successes at the start of the year. M3GAN, a film mixing horror and satire, surpasses expectations and surprises the public with a “monster” that seems to be straight out of the nightmares of tiktokers and tiktokers.
In M3GAN< /em>, which opened on Friday, a young robotics engineer and toy designer named Gemma must take her 7-year-old niece Cady under her wing after her parents are killed in a car accident. She gives him M3GAN, a third-generation robot capable of learning at lightning speed using artificial intelligence and free access to the Internet, to keep him company.
Programmed to emotionally and physically protect its young owner, M3GAN is ready to dance, but also to kill, and sometimes even do both at the same time. The film thus combines a theme that has long inspired horror and science fiction filmmakers, namely the possibility of humanity losing control of its robots, in a society dominated by the Internet culture of Generation Z. /p> Start of YouTube widget. Skip widget?End of YouTube widget. Back to the top of the widget?
This makes for some memorable scenes that quickly went viral, like one where M3GAN performs an eerie choreography that looks like it's been taken from TikTok before grabbing a slicer at paper and pursue a victim.
Almost immediately after the trailer for the film was released, netizens took to the stage to have M3GAN dancing to music by Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion. Others learned the choreography and performed it on social media – #M3GANDANCE hashtag has 200 million views on TikTok.
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Actress Allison Williams, who plays Gemma, has a feeling of accomplishment: M3GAN is on the way to becoming one of the essential characters in horror, like Freddy, Jason, or even from Ghostface.
Memes, dance copies, people just figured it out in a way that I love, and we [l 'team] just thought, “OK, job done. The audience understands." M3GAN belongs to them now. It's incredible, she told in an interview for the specialized site Insider.
Even if M3GAN is a horror movie , it's also a grim comedy, capable of laughing at everything, but especially at itself. This humor is reminiscent of Child's Play (1988), featuring the most popular evil doll of all time: Chucky.
M3GAN opened in theaters on January 6 in Canada. Directed by Gerard Johnstone, the film has a critical rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.