This might be described as Old Testament film making: visceral, capricious and bloodthirsty. It is certainly audacious. Earth is despoiled with increasing violence and we learn nothing from the experience. Aronofsky lays it on with a trowel and then decides that really a spade is required. The viewer may emerge bloodied, bruised but energised by the sheer chutzpah or lie crushed by the weight of metaphor.
Lars Von Trier 'Antichrist' <3 ARTAUD Théâtre de la cruauté. A pretentious mess?? A regressive allegory: men create art; women, life?? Warning for dating an artist?? I won't hear it and I won't respond to it. This is 1 of the most misunderstood masterpieces of our times and although Aronofsky feels compelled to shovel his biblical interpretation of climate change, visceral art doesn't need to justify itself.
A clever film from a very unabashed Aronofsky. Mother! depends too much on the audience deciphering its symbols to be a captivating literal narrative. And no matter which way you interpret this film, its altogether too desensitizing to leave a lasting emotional imprint. Still, its a daring film that contains real moments of terror and, somehow, makes sense.
Overblown, bombastic, self-righteous, and pretentious. At about the mid-point, it wanes in interest, regaining it again for punctuated moments. I could do without heavy-handed symbolism, but I ultimately enjoyed sitting through this extended obsession with Jennifer Lawrence.
The artist is self-important and impotent. The problem is the nagging wife. He gets her pregnant because that will shut her up, and he's reborn. He is successful again. His fans arrive, and they provide the love he needs. The problem is that she's still so needy. So they beat the crap out of her. The director tries to cloak this as religious allegory. It's another misogynist take on the artist and the muse. cont.