M3GAN has gotten the world by a grip of amazement seeing how much praise the movie has gotten ever since it was released. To make a horror movie about a killer doll and still manage to keep it unique and interesting is commendable in itself. The approach that the movie has towards connecting with the audience made the audience even more interested in the film.
This is especially towards the fact of the trope that it touches and how it directly connects to the LGBTQIA+ community. Their writer unknowingly managed to make the movie and the character of M3GAN an icon within the community. Perhaps not her violent nature, but her tendency to find family in the form of Cady.
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M3GAN Becomes An LGBTQIA+ Icon
When asking a friend, screenwriter Akela Cooper came to discover that M3GAN became an LGBTQIA+ icon because of the trope that the movie follows. Found family is a trope often seen in books and movies. It is a trope that defines the fact that a family does not start or end with blood. This is something people in the community relate to a lot. To see a doll connect with her new owner and be ready to kill upon seeing any danger around her was a peculiar way of showing that it loved her.
“I actually asked one of my friends who is a gay man about that and he was saying this set-up is actually found family, where this little girl has lost her family, and she has to go live with her aunt,” she said. “Then this doll is also brought into the situation. That resonates for a lot of people in the gay community, the idea of found family.”
To him, it easily became a movie of relatability and inclusivity without Cooper really trying to focus on that.
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M3GAN’s Killer Performance Makes It A Unique Family Movie
Apart from overtaking the audience’s heart, M3GAN also managed to bag massive positive feedback from both fans and critics. It managed to get ninety-five percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It has a perfect balance of horror, comedy, and drama, setting it up to be the perfect family movie.
“You know, whenever I’m doing something, humor always sneaks in. [M3GAN] maybe was a little straighter before it came my way,” Johnstone said. “I just love it when a film can be many things. My horror icons are Sam Raimi and Wes Craven and people like that, that were always injecting a lot of different tones into [their work]. So really, I’m just following in the footsteps of those guys.”
To them, the movie became a unique experience ready to take on the world with its horror and comedic aspect.
M3GAN is now available to watch in theatres.
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Source: SFX Magazine