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Haunted Mansion 2023 Movie Review and Analysis on Disney+

Blog and Video Description: In this episode of the Mattacirtic, I will be reviewing and analyzing Haunted Mansion, the 2023 version of the Disney Movie. This movie will star notable actors such as Rosario Dawson who plays a widow named Gabbie that lost her husband and her son in that movie of Haunted Mansion. It will also have notable actors such as Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Danny Devito. It also has actors that are not as notable as LaKeith Stanfield, and Chase Dillon. Each of these characters in this story serves a particular purpose and they each have a role to play. There are several ghosts that are haunting this mansion, but there is one controlling it. This ghost was a murderer in life and remains one in death. He keeps the other spirits trapped there, so that he can get what he wants. He wants to be free to roam the Earth and do what he plans to do. I hope this episode will inspire you to read, watch, and learn.



Hello everyone, welcome to the Mattacirtic. This is Matthew Hemenway. In this episode of the Mattacirtic, I will be reviewing and analyzing Haunted Mansion, the 2023 version of the Disney Movie. This movie will star notable actors such as Rosario Dawson who plays a widow named Gabbie that lost her husband and her son in that movie of Haunted Mansion. It will also have notable actors such as Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Danny Devito. It also has actors that are not as notable as LaKeith Stanfield, and Chase Dillon. Each of these characters in this story serves a particular purpose and they each have a role to play. There are several ghosts that are haunting this mansion, but there is one controlling it. This ghost was a murderer in life and remains one in death. He keeps the other spirits trapped there, so that he can get what he wants. He wants to be free to roam the Earth and do what he plans to do. I hope this episode will inspire you to read, watch, and learn.

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As was mentioned before in this review, the main ghost in charge has an agenda and keeps the other ghosts trapped there. This mansion belonged to a man named William Gracey. He was desperate to find his wife whose name is Eleanor Gracey. He hired Madame Leota to help find her and she is played by Jamie Lee Curtis. She warns him that you could bring things here that you do not intend to bring. William Gracy does not care he wants to find Eleanor Gracey and in doing so they release a ghost whose intentions are to keep them there. This does not mean that they must be living. The ghost traps Madame Leota in her crystal ball. William Gracey ends up dying because of this sick twisted of a man of a ghost. William Gracey will be trapped in his house still looking for his wife Eleanor Gracey in this world when she has already travelled to the world beyond.

Rosario Dawson plays Gabbie who came from New York City to have a fresh start with her son Travis. She lost her husband and Travis his father. This is hard for anyone. Grief is hard at any age. It can eat away your soul. Gabbie is from the New Orleans area. She decides to move back there. She and her son get there. This is the beginning of the movie. She gets there and the movers tell her that it will be a while before they get their stuff there. She makes the joke that it sounds more like a dinner and movie than you stopped for and not just lunch. She points out to them, we left at the same time, how are you 4 hours behind? Each person can tell stories about movers and how they quote will get their stuff moved to their new house. They will go into the house, and they find out that the house is haunted. The knight Armour will attack them without having a physical person in there or a person using a remote to play a practical joke. They run and claim that they will not be back. As the main ghost who is holding all the cards says, you will be back. The ghost is right about that, and they end up going back.

Father Kent, who is played by Owen Wilson, will be going to Ben Mathias who is played by LaKeith Stanfield. Father Kent will tell Ben Mathias; you have a camera that can read ghosts. He tells Ben Mathias; you must help this woman and her son. Father Kent tells Ben Mathias, are you ready to be a hero? Ben Mathias tells him; I am not sure that I want to be a hero. Father Kent tells him; you can be a hero and you can also be a paid one. Father Kent tells Ben Mathias that the job will pay him $2,000.00. Ben Mathias is stunned that it will be so much money. Ben Mathias is skeptical of it. He does not believe that there will be any ghosts. He is a tour guide, and he tells people that the only ghosts he sees are people dressed as ghosts.

Ben Mathias gets to the house where he meets Gabbie and her son Travis. Gabbie warns him that if you step into this house, it will change your life. Ben Mathias says, okay. Ben Mathias is still skeptical that he is going to run into any ghosts in the house. He is acting like he is taking pictures of the ghosts and not taking it seriously. She gave him an envelope of cash of $2,000.00.

Ben Mathias will get home and not believe this until it starts happening to him at his house. His house will start to get haunted, and he gets haunted by the Mariner ghost. Ben Mathias will take a picture of the ghost and it will show the spectral image of this ghost. He starts to realize that this ghost is real. The ghost starts to flood his house and he must get out of there before he is drowned in this flood that is happening in his house. He is forced to go back to the haunted mansion.

Ben Mathias will get back to the haunted mansion. Gabbie tells her son Travis, right on cue, please get him some sheets. Ben Mathias is frustrated, but as Gabbie tells him, I did warn you if you stepped in this house, it would change your life. She was not wrong in that. She did warn him, and he can claim all he wants. Father Kent is there, and Ben Mathias is upset with him. Father Kent also tells him; you did want to be a hero. Ben Mathias tells him, no I did not, I wanted the $2,000.00 that I was going to be paid. That is true, but Gabbie did pay Ben Mathias the money that was promised to him. It could have been easy to be upset with them, but this is not of their making. Father Kent tried to exorcise the ghosts out of the house, but they never left. This usually means these spirits have unresolved issues and have not been able to move on. Ben Mathias feels bad because he did not tell his wife that he did not love her before she died. As Gabbie tells Ben Mathias, your wife knew that you loved her. Ben Mathias needs to realize; his wife would want him to move on with his life.

The next character that will end up stuck in the haunted mansion is Harriet who is played by Tiffany Haddish. Harriet is a psychic. She can talk to spirits, but later the movie will show that she can banish them. She will need the help of Madame Leota that is played by Jamie Lee Curtis in this movie. She tells people such as Father Kent and Ben Mathias how to be paid. She takes PayPal as she points out to them. She will try to contact Madame Leota after she was successful in contacting William Gracey, and she is thrown out by the ghost who is the main player in all this. She is thrown into the dirt.

The next character to get trapped in the haunted mansion is Bruce Davis. He gets caught in a unique way. He has his stuff stolen by Ben Mathias and Father Kent. Ben Mathias and Father Kent tell him, you do not want to do that. Bruce Davis wants to see this mansion, but he gets there and once he is there, he ends up in the chair and thrown right into the truck. He survives being hit by the truck and is in the hospital; there are ghosts getting in the IV tubes. Ben Mathias and Gabbie must get Bruce Davis out of there. Bruce Davis will be critical in figuring out what must be done. He points out to be Ben Mathias and Harriet; we must find Madame Leota. She is the key to defeating this son of a gun of a ghost.

Ben Mathias will go to the astral plane, and he will encounter the ghost that has been causing all the problems. As he tells Bruce Davis, the image of the ghost is burned on his brain. Bruce Davis suggests to him, let us take this to a sketch artist. The sketch artist can draw a picture of the ghost and they are able to identify this ghost. It will not be revealed here, but the movie states that the ghost had a prominent mansion, and it was turned into a bed and breakfast. It also has tours of the mansion that show the ghost’s life. Who is the main ghost? Please leave your answer in the comment section below.

They must get the ghost’s top hat to defeat this ghost. It will be a trick. Ben Mathias, Father Kent, and Travis go to the top hat. They get the top hat. There will be bumps and bruises along the way. Both Ben Matias and Travis will be targeted because they grieve a person that they lost. The ghost plans to use that against them.

As not to be revealed, nothing more will be here. It does bring the viewer to the climax of the story.

I will give you, my rating. I give the 2023 version of the Haunted Mansion, a 10 out of 10. It was fun but shows how grief can affect a person. Each person’s grief can manifest itself in diverse ways. It is a matter of how each person manages it. It is not easy, but if each person has people in his or her life that love him or her it makes it easier to manage. Life is not easy. I personally carry grief, and it is not easy to get rid of it. Each person must do his or best to deal with it. The grief of my accident has been a weight that I have carried a long time, and it is not easy to let things like my accident go. We do have to let go. As was mentioned in Star Wars Rebels, Ahsoka tells Ezra, you must let go of Canan. Canan sacrificed his life so that you can live. You must trust that. Ahsoka is right in that. This is no different here, both Ben Mathias and Travis must let go of their loved ones, so they can move on. That is easier said than done. That is always the hardest thing to do. I understand this from personal experience. No matter what it is, it is always hard to let go, but a person must do that.

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Reference: Haunted Mansion (2023) and picture: https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/haunted-mansion/50AXhtr7tyPE

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