So, in the interest of full disclosure, I actually watched this a few weeks ago. Why has it taken me so long to write about it? Well, honestly, I just didn't really know how I felt about it. I really STILL don't, but maybe I can hash that out this way. Join me on the journey, won't you?
The plot of this Austrian film is a relatively simple one; young twin boys move into a modern house in the country with their mother right after she's gone through some cosmetic surgery and they begin to think the woman under the bandages is not who she says she is. It then promptly devolves into uninspired torture-porn.
Also, the twins have the most punchable faces I've ever seen.
While that plot sounds all fine and good, and the idea behind it is a truly terrifying one, unfortunately this thing is so poorly written ultimately nothing has any power or substance behind it. Every character performs such bizarre, nonsensical, seemingly random actions during the course of the filmit feels like the writers were trying way to hard to be "quirky" and "artsy," and my word the dialogue leaves plenty to be desired. The most egregious offence, however, is a "plot twist" that is so poorly handled and cliched I'm not entirely sure if it's actually supposed to be a twist or not. Seriously, I'm an idiot and I had the whole thing figured out in literally the first four minutes.
Hey. look at that, I figured out how I feel! While it looks pretty, there's absolutely nothing else positive to say about it. I give Goodnight Mommy 2 out of 10 Madagascar hissing cockroaches in rural Austria for some reason.