In the beginning, we battled with Chucky from the 80’s movie Child’s Play for the sake of our soul being kept in our human bodies. While we lay in bed, we were told tales of Mary Shaw and her ventriloquist doll, Billy from Dead Silence; when you see her in your dreams, be sure you never scream lest she’ll rip your tongue out.
The fight was far from over once Anabelle graced our cinema screens with her presence and her malevolent demonic attachment that linked itself to her doll-like vessel. Audiences love an intense kill doll movie; director and producer James Wan made sure of that when he introduced his new movie trailer for M3gan in late 2022. The film made its release in cinemas on Friday 13th January; a fitting day for a killer doll to cause chaos and death with Bella Poarch’s song Dolls as the trailer soundtrack.
The story follows a young girl, Cady, who recently lost her parents in a terrible accident and her aunt Gemma taking her in, but Gemma is unsure how look after a child: “I’m not equipped to look after a child, I don’t even look after my own plants”. However, a new project Gemma has been working on arouses the interest of Cady. A new addition is welcomed into the house; an Artificial Intelligence (AI) robot called Model Three Generative Android, M3gan for short. Completed with a beautiful beige dress and golden blonde wig, she’s a real-life Goldilocks to keep any harmful bears at bay as her given mission is to protect Cady from harm. She does just that, but in the wrong way and uses violence against those that cross her path and pose a threat to Cady.
James Wan’s film holds a message behind it; that AI robots could prove to be apart of our future and humans need to take great care when inventing these robotics as the results can go horribly wrong and prove fatal as seen in the movie. As a horror fanatic, it was easy to fall in love with M3gan and since the release of the movie, she has become an internet sensation with various people dressing up as her and performing her humorous dance moves as shown in the film. Famous actress Drew Barrymore dressed up as the doll on her show The Drew Barrymore Show.
A possible sequel is on the cards for the future, but has not been confirmed yet. The movie flows easily from one scene to the next and demonstrates how magnificent AI can be, but the dangers of it too when given free reign and deciding that their own primary user is themselves. The scenes where M3gan is involved prove to be beautiful, but unsettling as if she were a real human being and not a robot. She’s not just a doll, she’s family.
Rachel Garvey is a Co-Editor for Features for Student Independent News for the year 2023/24. She works full-time, but dedicates her free time to writing and being involved in SIN. Rachel has been a contributor to SIN since 2017.