M3GHAN (15) |Close-Up Film Review

Dir: Gerard Johnstone, US 2022, 102 mins.

Cast: Alison Williams, Violet McGraw, Jenna Davis

Review by Carlie Newman

M3GHAN is a quirky film which grabs you one way and then turns round and becomes a completely different movie.

Ah, you think at the start as you see little orphan girl Cady (Violet McGraw) bond with the robot doll called M3GHAN (which stands for Model 3 Generative Android) that her aunt, Gemma (Allison Williams) has constructed. But the doll does not remain cute for long.

Cady’s parents died in a car crash and her mother’s sister, Gemma, comes forward to take care of her niece. Gemma is very busy at work in a toy business. She designs new toys. Ambitious and keen to show what she is capable of she builds robot dolls in secret. Finding it difficult to look after Cady in her busy life, Gemma is happy to find that her niece is becoming very close with the robot doll known as M3GHAN.

M3GHAN is no ordinary puppet and starts to take over the lives of both Cady and her aunt. While protecting Cady, the robot doll causes a lot of mischief. However, this seeming naughtiness develops into full-scale deadly deeds!

Although young Amie Donald performs all the acrobatic movements of M3GHAN, the main doll has been fashioned through technology using animatronics and puppetry rather that CGI. It is very impressive as the doll becomes almost human looking. Good performances too from Williams and little Cady. Believable relationship between the two and between Cady and the robot doll.

Apparently, there is a sequel being made – the horrific ending doesn’t leave much to continue though…