Darren Aronofsky's 'mother!' is an incredible film, both a scorched-earth styled takedown of religion, society, misogyny, the patriarchy, and humanity on a collective level as well as a caustic and biting commentary on the creative process of artistic invention and idol-worship. I can imagine a great number of viewers being dismayed by this film, it's been awhile since a mainstream American movie was this upsetting.
I don't understand why Jennifer Lawrence didn't keep painkillers in the house. No one calls each other "baby" except for straight people. The only thing this gets right about humanity is how horrible poets are. Nancy Meyers will cry when she sees what everybody does to this house. Spoiler: mother! has the same ending as 500 Days of Summer.
Jennifer Lawrence gives a performance she likely couldn't easily shake in a film many viewers won't easily forget. Darren Aronofsky's "mother!" is a messy look at loving being loved rather than loving a person, with unmistakable insights into gaslighting and the advantage men take of women compounded by misconstrued feelings of power. It's not wholly sound, but certain moments are liable to jolt you to your core.
Do you even 2017? If this was getting panned I'd be forced to defend it - as such I'm content admiring with wry remove. Like 2017 it's at once a troll and impossibly sincere, angry and bolstering the anti-humanity flames. At one point I was convinced it was all about the leaked nudes; it is, and more. If only it had disseminated that shade through its tedious lead-up, those ugly close-ups and digital grain leaden.
If Black Swan and Noah had a baby, it would look a lot like Mother! I say that both as a compliment and critique. I've always been an admirer of Aronofsky's visceral aesthetic, his striking visuals and overwhelming sound design. I believe Aronofsky struggles most when he loses himself in CG and heavy-handed biblical parable. Still, Mother! is an experience - an environmental film that will have you reeling for days.
Not emotionally moving due to the initial in-clarity and a cutesy cleverness of allegory, making it a too-playful device, but at least it’s ‘still’ clever. This isn't apparent until the last minutes when reveals show it’s about the creation of life being entwined with the creation of art. As various hang-ups and insecurities of both occur until we see why they are the originator of 'love and hope' in humanity.
When a film manages to make you uncomfortable, anxious, disturbed and disgusted all at once... it must be a sign of a film that is, at the least, unusual. mother! is definitely the kind of film that gets under your skin, even though it stands as utterly plotless at its greatest moments. It also has some trouble getting itself going, but with no music score and a very lush photography, this is a winning picture.
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