Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan). When you hear that name, and know he is directing a movie, you know you are in for some off-the-wall, artistic, unique, and sometimes intense cinematic experience. His latest feature, Mother!, fits all the categories I just listed and much more.
This review is going to be really short compared to my other post because this movie should be seen with the least knowledge as possible. My goal is just to give you a sense of expectation and my thoughts and opinions regarding the film.
The synopsis is about a couple’s quiet and tranquil home in the country interrupted by unwanted guests that shake up their home testing the strength of their relationship. The couple in question is Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Lawrence is renovating their home while Bardem is a writer of poems trying to come up with his next masterpiece are visited by some unwanted guests, specifically Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris. I think the cast is phenomenal in their roles and really deliver the intensity asked for by Aronofsky. There is no question that they will not entertain you on screen. I was really impressed with Pfeiffer’s character particularly and you will see why.
In the case you haven’t seen one trailer of this movie, I want you to check it out before I continue…
Damn, what an amazing trailer. I love how this was edited. Now when you look at this, what kind of vibe or genre do you think this movie falls under? The movie is categorized as a horror, mystery, drama. Take what you will from the trailer but there are going to be two types of people who will watch this movie: One type will feel mislead down a rabbit hole led to a story and execution that has nothing to do with the feeling you get from the trailer. The other type will walk out satisfied with what they got and appreciate the movie for what it is and presented. Neither type of person is right or wrong but this movie may not be what you expect so proceed with caution.
This movie is like a perplex puzzle that you want to understand and make sense of it. My advice is just wait till the movie is over to make sense of what you watch. Your viewing of the film will be better off not to think too much during it. I personally didn’t think it was boring. From the trailer, the movie could come off a bit slow as a full length film. I was very intrigued with the mystery aspect of the film. They give you so many subtle clues and things to notice while watching it. For instance, I don’t think one character was given and actual first name to go by in the film. I found that interesting as well as many other hints like that. People are going to have their own interpretation of what they believe this movie to be. It’s a movie that will be talked about for weeks, maybe even months.
If you are looking for a horrific and scary movie, this is not the movie for you. Again, I advise you to watch with as little knowledge as possible. If you happen to read theories regarding the movie as this movie warrants from many people already, see it for the visual aspect of the storytelling. For most of you, you will probably walk out confused and thought you wasted your time. All depends on your taste in these types of films. If you want something that is original, symbolism, metaphoric, with a hint of intensity, you will enjoy this film and possibly its message very well. There is no clear-cut way on how you are meant to feel after you watch it. As long as you know that you don’t go in with the wrong expectation, this could be an enjoyable film. If it turns out it’s not your thing, just know with the name Aronofsky attached to the film, you are in for something out there.
3 ½ out of 5