Goodnight Mommy Blu-ray Review
“Goodnight Mommy” is unsettling and a bit frustrating.
“Goodnight Mommy” begins by introducing two adventurous twin brothers (Lukas and Elias) who are waiting for their mother to come home from having cosmetic surgery. Upon arrival, they discover their mother is acting different. She seems to be angry, cold and unloving. Slowly, but surely, the brothers begin to wonder if this woman is even their mother. In order to uncover the truth, the brothers essentially wage war against their mother. Who is telling the truth? What is really going on?
From start to finish, “Goodnight Mommy” largely proves to be an eerie and thoughtful arty horror film/psychological thriller about paranoia, family, and tragedy. As you may have already heard by now, the film has garned attention for its whopper of an ending that will make your rethink the entire film (although several viewers are likely going to figure it all out in advance). As is the case with many films that hinge on an ending, however, it’s both satisfying and unsatisfying. On one hand, it proves to be interesting from a character standpoint. On the other hand, it raises some unanswered questions/plot holes. It also feels a bit too contrived if you’re a film aficionado who has seen this sort of thing in the past.
It should go without saying that the real highlight here is actors Lukas and Elias Schwarz who play the twin brothers. Not only are they entirely convincing in their roles, but they seem to have no trouble performing some truly challenging scenes.
Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? The Blu-ray disc contains a crisp hi-def transfer.
Audio Track: German 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? While not a very audio intensive film, the track is still satisfactory.
Extras: Various trailers and a near 13 minute conversation with writers/directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala where they chat about influences, how the concept came about, and so forth.
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