Goodnight Mommy (2022) a watered down remake.

Twin brothers arrive at their mother’s house and begin to suspect that something isn’t right.

The trend of America remaking disturbing foreign films has always been a bad idea (outside of Funny Games but that’s a shot for shot remake) 99% of the time the end result is a very watered down and completely butchered version. Prime examples are the remakes of Old Boy, Martyrs and Inside, Goodnight Mommy is the newest one and luckily it’s nowhere near as bad but once again it’s a very watered down version of the original. Goodnight Mommy came out in 2014 (2015 for America) and was a pretty disturbing film that had tons of atmosphere. The movie is definitely not for everyone but I like it quite a lot, fast forward to the remake and it just sort of exists. Naomi Watts is of course really solid she’s hands down the best part of the movie and at times captures what made the original disturbing. The filming combined with the setting are also pretty solid and once again do capture the spirit of the original, the problem comes in with the movie being heavily watered down such as taking away torture scenes that are very important to the story especially during the final act. It’s a key part of what made the twist of the original so great without it the movie doesn’t have the atmosphere or disturbing nature that the original did, the rest of the remake fails to justify it’s existence outside of a few moments where it seems like the movie is going to attempt to try and capture what made the original great but ends up falling short. The movie ultimately ends up being a very watered down version of the original that might not be terrible as there is some level of attempt to get the spirit of the original in here. It’s also definitely better than the other watered down foreign disturbing movie remakes I mentioned earlier, but that is really not saying much unfortunately. If you are going to watch one version of Goodnight Mommy watched the original.

Goodnight Mommy is available on Amazon Prime Video.

5/10 C

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