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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mother! - Movie Review


The Movie - Mother!

The Director: Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)

The Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, Jovan Adepo

The Story: A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.


The Review:
This movie is nothing like anything Darren Aronofsky has ever done before although you could say that about any of the eccentric film makers movies so it really shouldn't be a surprise. If you are expecting Black Swan it is definitely not that and if you are expecting Noah, I would have to wonder what the heck is wrong with you, but that's another story. Speaking of story, I really don't want to say anything about it other than it starts out heading down a certain path and then, about halfway through, it totally goes off the rails and becomes something that is damn near indescribable so I'm not even going to try. Whether this is a good thing or not will be entirely up to you.

Inside all of the chaos, disorder, metaphor, allegory, and symbolism, there are some really brilliant acting performances from both Lawrence and Bardem. The fact that they agreed to jump into this gigantic pile of insanity is pretty intriguing on its own and just show how much faith they have in Aronofsky as a writer and director. A lot of people will call this a horror movie because the studio is advertising it as one, but it's really not. It's more of a psychological thriller that has its way with religion and humanity's rampant desire to worship at all costs.


The Verdict:
Mother! is the type of movie that you walk out of wondering what the f*ck just happened and your brain will sit on it for days trying to figure it out. I highly recommend watching this movie even though there is a good chance you won't like it. After leaving the theater I posted this thought on social media: It's not what you think it is, it's way worse. It's also amazing.





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