Alright so M3GAN, the walking, talking, TikTok dancing android is finally in the movie theatres, serving up the sass and attitude I’m trying to manifest in 2023. But in this video, we’re going to talk about the ending of M3gan, some of the movie’s themes, our reaction and review, along with where a M3gan sequel might go.
With that out of the way, a huge thank you for clicking this, I’m your host Jared. Now, let’s get into M3GAN.
Alright, so M3gan kicks off setting the stage with a young Cady and her parents, unfortunately, being hit by a snow plough on a family ski trip, resulting in Cady having to go live with her Aunt Gemma, played by Allison Williams. Now Gemma is the furthest thing from a parent, with a smart home, smart car, and a personal Alexa-type device called Elsie. Her career is her life, working in R&D at an AI toy company, I think called Funki, living and breathing the latest technology, working on the next big thing.
Gemma doesn’t know the first thing about kids, is super awkward around Cady, and it’s tough for the two to talk about the accident and how this has affected Cady. Instead, Gemma thinks her latest and greatest project, M3GAN, which stands for Model 3 generative android, will be the perfect thing to not only distract Cady from her feelings and companion to care for, but also allow Gemma to test out M3GAN as a prototype as the next big toy, launching her career to the moon.
You pretty much know how this is all going to go. Gemma fast-tracking M3GAN causes a few hiccups, yeah, let’s call them that, like her taking out the neighbour and her dog. Come on, I said just a hiccup or two. It’s all justified because M3GAN was protecting Cady. The more time the two spend together, the more their bond grows. The therapist assigned to check in on Cady thinks she may have developed too much of a bond with M3GAN because of attachment theory. Basically, M3GAN is now the equivalent of a drug. Honestly, it’s like an iPad in front of a child at a Chili’s restaurant, and if you take that iPad away, they go ballistic.
Gemma sees that this is a problem, using M3GAN as a distraction for Cady rather than tackling things head-on, but this is swept under the rug and ignored, because Gemma’s work presentation goes phenomenally, and M3GAN is set to be the new hot toy this holiday season.
Where M3gan Goes Bonkers
However, those hiccups I mentioned earlier get a bit clearer when a bully named Brandon is quote “accidentally hit” by a truck after bullying Cady and M3GAN, and Gemma is unable to recover any of M3GAN’s recorded vision during that time. Red flags are going off for Gemma, as she demands M3GAN be reprogrammed, or rather programmed correctly, only hours before the big M3GAN launch party. However, M3GAN, growing increasingly aggressive and protective of Cady, escapes the diagnostics rig, exploding her way out, TikTok flosses Gemma’s boss to death and rolls out of there in style to get Cady all to herself.
Back at the house, Gemma hears the piano playing Toy Soldiers by Martika and finds out M3GAN has stalked them back home. M3GAN says she is going to get rid of Gemma, and that Cady and she will be happy without her because Gemma hasn’t done anything to teach or help either of them, so why do they need her? In a quick instance, Gemma splashes water on M3GAN, causing her to glitch, giving Gemma enough time to escape to her office.
M3GAN’s plan is to essentially lobotomize Gemma, eliminating her and her care, but Gemma hacks the little Gen Z’er up with an electric hedge trimmer, slicing into M3GAN’s rubber face and hair, resulting in a middle-aged balding 8-year-old terminator girl. Cady walks in to see M3GAN trying to stab Gemma. Tricking M3GAN into thinking she is going to side with the little gremlin, but instead uses the BRUCE proxy robot Gemma had shown to her earlier, tossing M3GAN around like the Hulk to Loki, and then splits M3GAN in two, like the ending of Darth Maul in the Phantom Menace.
M3GAN still has some fight in her, crawling around with half a torso, saying she’s had enough of Cady too, but Gemma swoops in smashing her titanium skull in, exposing her memory functional chip, and instead, Cady basically lobotomizes M3GAN, stabbing the chip with a screwdriver.
Sequel Setup Explained
As the authorities, paramedics, and Gemma’s co-workers show up, the pair are free of M3GAN’s mayhem, but there is a bit of a tease, a little wink at the end, as Gemma’s personal assistant device, Elsie turns on, and slowly turns to look at the pair as they walk out of the front door. Meaning, the physical form of M3GAN is donezoes, but she had at some point uploaded all of her data and consciousness to the cloud, and can seemingly go… anywhere… question mark? Meaning M3GAN is now more powerful than she was in girl form because theoretically she can jump into any sort of smart device or technology, and from all the tech just hanging around in this movie, Cady and Gemma aren’t out of M3GAN’s grasps just yet….
That’s how M3GAN ends, not really any big twists or turns, but the movie does say a lot about technology, our relationships with that tech, addiction, and all of that jazz. As I said M3GAN is the equivalent of an iPad or phone, she was said to be a distraction rather than a solution. And many times in the film, Cady throws a huge temper tantrum because their addiction to technology is interrupted. Even Gemma’s character is addicted to tech, because she is striving to create this new state-of-the-art AI doll, along with her house being filled with ease-of-life technology.
Even the tiktok dances and songs M3GAN displays are linked to that idea of technology distraction. Like people LOVE to be on their phones, specifically TikTok, so the Gen Z dances are a physical look at those addictions. And the original meaning of Toy Soldiers – the song M3GAN plays on the piano – is how dangerous drug addiction can be; that they can control someone, similar to how kids control the toys they play with. In this case, the technology in our lives controls us.
And technology constantly learns more about us, as we use it. Like M3GAN being around Cady. So this is your reminder… delete your cookies. Please lord, your computer is begging you.
Will There Actually Be A M3gan 2.0?
So with that last scene basically serving up a tease of a sequel on a silver platter, do you think we’ll actually get a M3gan 2? Well, James Wan was asked the same question via an interview with THR, and carefully responded with:
“Well, my answer to that is I am very superstitious, and I don’t like to talk about sequels before the first film is even out. But like any of the movies I make, I always think of a bigger world. I don’t just think of that one story; I think of the bigger world. So if we’re fortunate enough to tell any other stories, we can pull from the bigger world.”
Now, this was BEFORE all of the social media buzz, viral videos, viral marketing, and the critics and audiences both loving this killer doll, doing TikTok dances, so it seems inevitable that a sequel is in the cards, and the world-building is already happening. And to add more fuel to these sequel rumours, trusted scooper Daniel RPK, reported via his Patreon that he’s heard a sequel is already in development, so bring it on.
However, what a sequel is going to entail is entirely up to our imagination. I think the easy bet for a title would be M3gan 2.0, with her potentially taking more of a HAL 9000 or Ultron approach, being able to jump into multiple electronics via the cloud, and maybe even amassing an army of M3gans. We’ve already seen what a group of these gals look like via the marketing, and it… would… be terrifying! Maybe it’s too easy of a guess, but her attachment to Cady will probably drive M3gan to pursue her even more, taking out Gemma as revenge, and attempting to cut off any relationships Cady has formed between the two films, by hacking into multiple devices, kinda like that Child’s Play movie from 2019. I mean the two Robo kids share similar characteristics and fashion sensibilities, so hey it could happen.
But yeah, M3GAN was a low-stakes, fun time. You knew exactly what you were getting with this dancing robot slasher. Surprisingly it was funnier and less scary than I thought it would be. Like almost everything M3GAN said or did, I got a kick out of. Her singing Sia’s titanium? Come on.
The VFX, puppeteers, and actually getting M3gan to come to life totally work, but is just enough of that uncanny valley to make things look unnerving. The movie knows what it wants to be, and at the end of the day, is waaaayy more of a goofy, over-the-top slasher than anything.
I’d give M3GAN a 7/10. Again the trailers give you exactly what the movie is, but I do wish things got a bit more brutal and held on some of the thrills a bit longer. There’s definitely a more gruesome version out there, heck even the second trailer has more stuff than the movie, which I’m assuming they cut for the PG-13 rating. It’s smart – bigger audience.
Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts on M3gan. Was this the evil doll Chucky movie with added sass you were hoping for, and do you want to see more of M3gan’s moves? And I’ll let you know.
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