Darren Aronofosky is known for bringing us psychological masterpieces such as Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, and Mother! is definitely another film by the director that will make you think.
Mother! follows Jennifer Lawrence’s character, known as Mother, and her husband Javier Bardem, known as Him. Javier Bardem’s character is a struggling poet, when a man mysteriously turns up at their house, in the middle of nowhere, increasingly more and more people turn up to the house causing mayhem for Jennifer Lawrence.
My initial reaction to the film was one of complete confusion and saying to myself “What have I just watched?”. The trailer for the film is great, it got me really excited for the film and I was looking forward to a psychological thriller. The trailer mis-sells the film, Mother! is not a psychological thriller or horror, it is a drama, because you see everything from Jennifer Lawrence’s character point of view, it is a bit psychological but not in the same way that Black Swan was. When I came out the film I had to look up what the meaning of the film was because the ending really confuses the audience. Having spoken to numerous people about the film, we all felt the same. I then proceeded to look up the meaning behind the film, which helps clarify the film. I will leave a link to the website for the people who have seen the film can have a look and try to understand what they saw.
Apart from the story, I have no problems with the film. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are fantastic. Jennifer Lawrence carries us through the film and we see everything from her point of view and she does some great subtle moments when she is acting with Javier Bardem, and it is a great dynamic from two fantastic actors. I would not be shocked if either of them are nominated for Oscars. Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer are also great and cause a lot of mayhem for Jennifer Lawrence and it is great to watch. Kristen Wiig, Domhnall Gleeson and Brian Gleeson also pop in and have small parts in the film, but help add to the film.
I also have to give a lot of credit to the cinematography and sound mixing. These two categories are also something I would like to see the film at least nominated for when it comes to award season. Darren Aronofsky is always great at these two particular fields and really help add to the creepy, disturbing atmosphere that he wants you to feel, especially with the small sounds, as simple as someone’s breathing.
Overall, this film is not for everyone, some people will struggle to watch it and people will not enjoy it, however some people will love it and think it is great and it does have great moments. If I wasn’t as confused as I was it would score higher, maybe on a second viewing it will get a higher score.
Link to Bustle’s article explaining the film: https://www.bustle.com/p/the-meaning-of-mother-will-make-perfect-sense-to-anyone-whos-read-a-certain-famous-text-2336644
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