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When Sam Raimi’s name is attached to something I generally expect a certain level of competence. You could argue that’s the wrong thing to do and that I only think so highly of him because I love Evil Dead and his Spider-Man trilogy so much, and you’d probably be right. If you’re in need of a film to cite as for why that’s the wrong thing to do, Umma is a brilliant example of a Sam Raimi production that’s just bad. 

The film revolves around a Korean-American mother and her insecurities towards her daughter that come from all sorts of things and lead her to do all sorts of silly things, and there’s also a thing about her uncle coming to tell her that she’s a bad daughter to her now deceased mother because of something that’s never really explained and then there’s a thing about bees and there’s also some supernatural stuff. If that was hard to read, imagine how hard it was to watch. There’s so much going on that nothing ever really develops because of its short runtime, and as a result most of the dialogue is just exposition between characters who really shouldn’t need to have expositional conversations. It became quite comical just for how often it happened. 

The cinematography is a problem too, there are scenes with really lovely natural landscapes but everything’s washed out in a sort of bluey filter. The dark scenes are really dark as well, to the point it’s difficult to decipher who’s even in them. If it wasn’t so short, it would’ve been very easy to walk out on this.

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