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Reviewed by RMurray8478 / 10

One of the toughest films I've ever tried to review. I liked it a lot, but can't recommend it.

This is a very difficult movie to review without major spoilers. I can either just say "spoiler alert" and then promptly ruin the whole thing. Or I can be circumspect, and perhaps not tell as much as would be satisfying. I'm going to take approach #2, because in the end, I would hate to go into this movie having had someone "explain" it to me first.

Having said that, I DO think it's very important to state that this is NOT a horror movie (at least, not in the traditional sense). The trailers make this film look like some kind of artsy, weird, off-the-hook horror film. A modern day, graphic ROSEMARY'S BABY, perhaps. MOTHER! is NOT that. It has many horrifying events and images...but it is a virtually unique product. If you only like going to movies with some idea of what to expect...this film is likely not for you.

On the other hand, if you're comfortable sitting down to watch a film with virtually no preconceived expectations, and have a strong stomach and lots of should be rewarded.

The film, other than a brief, odd opening sequence, starts of "normally." Jennifer Lawrence wakes up to discover her husband is already missing from bed. We see that she lives in a lovely country home that is undergoing significant renovation. We discover that Lawrence is re-doing the house herself, and her hubby (Javier Bardem) is a famous poet who is undergoing a bit of writer's block, and has been for awhile. There are some tensions in their marriage, but they seem pretty mundane. In the evening, there is a knock on the door, and Bardem invites in a stranger (Ed Harris) and seems to immediately develop an oddly close relationship with this man. A relationship that excludes Lawrence. The film's tone immediately shifts to something mysterious and, for lack of a better word, "off."

That's all I'll tell you, expect to say that this movie just builds its oddities one after another, growing on and on in strangeness and it becomes downright unsettling and disturbing. You'll likely spend a lot of time with the movie having no idea what's going on. We see it all through Lawrence's eyes (in fact, she is seen almost exclusively in closeup),and as her confusion and alarm grow, so does ours. As the movie arrives at its last third, it truly goes completely nuts. It descends into seeming chaos, and grows from alarming to downright uncomfortable. There are a few very difficult scenes.

Director/writer Darren Aronofsky, who has made films both excellent (REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, BLACK SWAN) to mediocre (NOAH) to downright unwatchable (THE FOUNTAIN),often seems to grapple with deep issues, and certainly takes a lot of care with his films. He demands careful editing and challenging cinematography. His actors are often pushed to extremes. In the case of MOTHER!, I found Jennifer Lawrence to be quite effective, especially by the end of the film when pieces have started clicking together. It's her movie, frankly, to carry or blow, and she mostly carries it. Her chemistry with Bardem is spotty, but it almost makes sense by the end. It's a frustrating viewing experience for much of the movie because you can't help but try to impose meaning on it all...and you really can't unless you're amazingly least, not until the last third of the film. THEN what happens is you have to spend an hour afterwards reflecting on the early part of the film and putting it into context.

MOTHER! is a difficult film, and I cannot recommend it (even though I give it 4 stars) because I also understand that a) the film is infuriating and b) once the "answer" is revealed, viewers might be enormously offended when they discover what the film is about. It is just, frankly, a deeply challenging film. I really enjoyed myself, and will watch the film again (this time, knowing from the start what it is about)...but it's also just a bit smug too.

And the single biggest mistake was having Kristen Wiig appear in the film. I like her a lot, and she's proven over and over that she has dramatic chops, not just comedic. But she appears suddenly during some critically important events and it seems like a crazy cameo and not a real performance. The audience sniggered, as though anticipating a nice bit of comedy from her. I feel bad for feeling this way, but there are certain performers who would always briefly pull an audience out of a film if they showed up unexpectedly...folks like Will Ferrell, let's say...who are known for their antics on film first and foremost. Arnofsky should have avoided this casting.

I hope I've helped give you some vague idea of what you might expect. Whether you decide to go is another thing. Oh, and by the way, PLEASE do not bring children. There are some VERY disturbing things (if they are even still awake when they happen) that were pretty tough for adults to see. I saw a few folks storm out during these scenes...and I can't imagine having to explain them to young kids afterwards.

Reviewed by boblipton5 / 10

Write A Paper On This Movie

When I used to get assignments lie that in school, I could never stay within the three-to-five-page limits. Four times out of five, I could think of more than a hundred words to write about the subject; the fifth time, I would use twenty pages. Well, it all averages out, I suppose.

This movie that easy-to-analyze-for-a-film-school-paper attitude that makes it the sort of thing that critics would like. About twenty seconds in I caught the roots to Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" via Lovecraft's essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature." Over the course of the film it became a self-indulgent artistic polemic by writer/director Darren Aronofksy in which he decried the self-indulgent artist. It came alive, very briefly, in the interlude when everyone but Bardem and Lawrence has left and they have a spat.

Not worth the two pages for a college paper.

Reviewed by Prismark105 / 10


Darren Aronofsky's Mother! is an arthouse movie with a well known cast. It was pushed as a psychological horror.

It is really a pretentious muddled movie about ecological damage with biblical underpinnings.

Jennifer Lawrence plays Mother, the young wife a struggling writer (Javier Bardem) who has writer's block.

One night a stranger (Ed Harris) visits his house and he is a big fan of the writer. The writers invites him to stay but mother is unsure. The stranger seems to be suffering from ill health. Later the stranger's wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrives followed by his two squabbling sons one of them kills the other.

Pretty soon more people arrive at the house. Mother is disturbed that the writer is putting up with these unwanted guests, their rowdy behaviour and lack of respect to their home. She eventually sends them away.

One night mother and the writer make passionate love which leaves her pregnant and the writer's creative juices flow. Upon publication of his new poem more fans arrive creating havoc and violence.

It is obvious that the stranger and his family are Adam, Eve, Cain & Abel. Mother must mean the garden of Eden. The rowdy mob are the humans who ravage the planet's natural resources.

Mother! is a perplexing movie with a director who wants to challenge himself artistically. Unfortunately he does not rise to the challenge. Lawrence admirably does push herself but she is let down by the material.

I did wonder if the film was directed by Peter Greenaway with music by Michael Nyman. It would had been a lot better but still not more comprehensible.

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