Movies

Mother! Darren Aronofsky’s Latest Is A Mind Blower

2017 | 2 hours 1 minutes | Dir. Darren Aronofsky | Protozoa Pictures

Everyone needs to see mother!.  Because everyone is in it.

No matter your race, your story, or your values, YOU play a part in mother!.

Director Darren Aronofsky has a reputation for creating disturbing, subversive movies.  He made Requiem for a Dream, which I think should be required viewing every Red Ribbon Week, and Black Swan, which got Natalie Portman her Oscar (and her baby).  He used his momentum from Black Swan to make Noah, a big- budget disaster that pissed a lot of people off.

The story follows a wife (Jennifer Lawrence) and her much older husband (Javier Bardem).  They live in a beautiful Victorian house.  Javier Bardem’s character is a poet struggling with writer’s block.  Jennifer Lawrence singlehandedly restored his house after a devastating fire.  The two live a presumably tranquil life until one day an aging doctor (Ed Harris) turns up on their doorstep.  Flattered by the old man’s interest in him, the poet welcomes the doctor into his home, much to his wife’s annoyance.  The visitor’s family soon follows, and before long Jennifer Lawrence is overwhelmed by a nightmare of increasingly rude and destructive houseguests.

Jennifer Lawrence gives another spectacular performance, Javier Bardem does all his Javier Bardem-ing, the cinematography is gorgeous and the special effects look like Aronofsky threw them together at 2 AM one night.

I won’t say more.  Mother!, like The Sixth Sense, is a movie whose secret deserves to be kept.  By the end you’ll probably figure it out, but part of the fun comes from guessing. Who’s the mother?  Is Jennifer Lawrence a ghost?  What’s the deal with all the creepy blood?  Once you’ve watched it, you can check out this.

Fans of cerebral thrillers like Black Mirror will love this movie.  But even if you hate this movie (which many people do), you should see it.  There’s plenty of art in this movie, and plenty of artistic license, but also plenty of truth.

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