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Mumford

by Sam Cohen
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Jul 16, 2019
Mumford

Writer/director Lawrence Kasdan is best known for his contributions to the blockbusters that shaped what we see on the screen today. "Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi"; these epics wouldn't have been what they are without his work on the screenplays. Helping to make epics like these never encompassed Kasdan's complete interest in filmmaking, and you can see exactly that from the smaller pictures he wrote and directed, like "Mumford." And while this smaller and more intimate film carries a murderer's row of performers, this writer can't help but ask if the influence to make a film of this nature was enough to sustain a feature-length narrative.

Micky Mumford (Loren Dean) is a psychologist living the town that shares his name, treating the locals of their anxieties and emotional problems. Everyone from the millionaire in town to lovelorn teenagers flocks to his couch to dump their issues. Mumford has a secret, though, and it's one that'll threaten to tear apart his whole life. You see, he's not actually a licensed psychologist. He just found solace in helping other people with their issues.

There's a humorous aside in "Mumford" about the therapist listening to one of his patient's many sexual fantasies. He stops the patient from going further because he desperately doesn't want to hear any more. The patient, Henry Follet (Pruitt Taylor Vince), is taken aback by the psychologist's disgust and asks for further information as to why he can't be honest during his appointments. This contrasts with Kasdan's own humanist desires, but not in a way that really draws anything deeper. "Mumford" is full of these kinds of moments, simple totems that are designed to make the audience respect others more after they leave the theater.

There's an interview on the new "Mumford" Blu-ray with Lawrence Kasdan that kind of bolsters my reservations with the film. He said he's interested in exploring the second lives that people can have beyond what others see. While that may be a noble pursuit, the result only just treads the surface of what it means to be human. Kasdan is the kind of filmmaker that likes to observe and gives the audience character motivations in a very clear and bold way. The approach refutes further introspection and the main players just end up being whimsical caricatures. Such as it is, though, "Mumford" is strengthened by the talent from its performers.

Special features include:

• Making-of featurette
• 5.1 and 2.0 Audio
• Theatrical Trailer


"Mumford"
Kino Lorber Blu-ray
$29.95
https://www.klstudioclassics.com/product/view/id/6168

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