Amanda and her daughter live a quiet life on an American farm, but when the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her own mother.

  • Released: 2022-03-18
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thrillers
  • Stars: Sandra Oh, Fivel Stewart, Dermot Mulroney, Odeya Rush, MeeWha Alana Lee, Tom Yi, Mark Kirksey
  • Director: Iris K. Shim
  • GiraffeDoor - 1 January 2023
    1000 times better than "Mother!"
    I'm tempted to say that this movie is Hereditary except if Hereditary was good.

    Sandra Oh plays the mother, desperate to maintain the small island of stability she has made with vulnerability but also quite resilience.

    The essence of this movie is a relationship characterized by great love but each holds the other back from something maybe much greater. The ghosts (metaphorical?) of our past and our ancestors lurk not far behind as one can never quite run away from who we are and what forges our identity more than the experiences of our formative years?

    Two things mar this: one is the soapy direction they take with the dialogue. It might have worked more if they had established a few things. If she's home schooled, show us her doing a lesson at home or something.

    The other problem is the unfortunate legacy of James Wan as this more delicate example of the horror genre keeps dropping into the same cheesy teen scream imagery and sounds.

    Oh well, the bar by this point is sufficiently low that it can still hold its head up high.
  • HeyimShibby - 29 September 2022
    tiw umma
    Today i watched mommy in korean and it was very boring

    This is a good first feature, well, besides the documentary.

    But good first feature does not mean good movie and I think this film was incredibly boring and predictable and INCREDIBLY ANNOYING. There is this really annoying sound effect that they spam in the film and it is so cliche, they use it a lot in hells kitchen.

    I like what the film is saying thematically and I appreciate the film makers for trying, but often times the film is just really derivative. Nothing happens for the first 30 minutes and there is just virtually no opening hook.

    The characters feel mildly flimsy and it doesn't seem convincing sometimes. Like things feel often forced for the sake of the story and it doesn't always feel natural.

    Overall I wouldn't recommend this film if you've ever seen a horror movie ever. Acting was fine and like this was a good try, but in the end it felt like a snooze fest. I wish the director luck with their next film though.

    Mid 4/10.