With Mother! , the atheist Darren Aronofsky steps back again to the biblical theme, making an intelligent statement about the degradation of humanity and the fast dying of mother nature. The script is very well-written and the biblical allegories works perfectly within the story. The anxiety was very well pictured, by the director with his strange visual marks and by Lawrence with her best performence by date. 9.5/10
Aronofsky’s pace is always calculated and ever pressing. Each new frame is created to feel like its own nightmarish episode, accentuated by a violent, almost manic rhythm generated by the continuity of the editing. The cameras movement is transfixing and creates a hallucinatory quality throughout the film. Mother! is Aronofsky’s finest and most ambitious work since Requiem for a Dream.
Sarah Kane's wounded deconstructions of perversion and ironically perverted fixation on malice, parabolic use of space, and flat-circle timelines are filtered through Żuławski's manic lens, with spectacularly disquieting POV camerawork bobbing and weaving with the isolated Lawrence in her finest performance to date. A distressing, yet singular experience; one to be greatly admired if not necessarily enjoyed.
Nightmarish, surreal, I'll always love ellipses in time. Digesting it. It's pretty one note, and scorched, but it's assuredly symbolic and beautifully chaotic as a chamber piece. It definitely reaches an apex. Jennifer Lawrence is luminescent and tortured for it. I'm a fan of how Aronofsky and Libatique follow characters.
Rating a film like this feels pointless. It may be ✦✦✦✦✦ right now or ✦ in a couple of days. It took my breath away and drove me mad a couple of times, with both outright genius and pretty lame moments. The chamber drama was agonizing but it worked better than the unhinged balls to the walls ending. I'm sorry that Jennifer Lawarence was turned into a punchline for this, 'cos she's amazing whenever she's not screaming