A helpless primal mother watching her own children become servants of evil was one of the most breathtaking and unfeasible scenes in film history. Aronofsky did it again but a less self-evident symbolism would have made the film nearly immaculate.
This unofficial remake of Bunuel's The Exterminating Angel is an exhilarating journey - or, rather, calvary - replete with grotesque, unpleasant, and carnivalesque episodes. An impressive and impressionistic descent into the hellish process of Creation, and re-Creation, Mother! is too quirky, daring, and bold for the average moviegoer,
Nihil Novi. An elliptical heap of allegory, reference and plain tedium in a generally unrewarding rehash of points previously visited in anything from Goya, Bunuel to the Bible - which is firmly bashed into a crude pulp here. Lawrence equips herself well for essentially two hours of violation - bodily and domestic - but it’s a crypto hiding to nothing. Who knew art was such hard labour?..
Aronofsky returns to the mindfuck magnificence of 'Requiem For A Dream' and 'Black Swan' and channels Lawrence's talented essence with aplomb. It is a deeply unpleasant allegorical odyssey that explores the narcissism of genius, the dichotomy between family/community/privacy, the idolatry of 'sacred' things etc. There are conceptual missteps, but this is potent polemical shock cinema. Noe and Refn are true peers.
Immersive cinematic experience, evocative of Zulawski's style and other works but definitely stands on it's own. Aronofsky's take on religion, cult and destruction is taken to extremes and it might be his best work yet.
Aronofsky's pedantry has gone too far this time. Making a woman suffer all along a movie doesn't necessarily mean it's art nor putting ridiculously obvious biblical references on it. Plus this is no "emotional roller coaster" it's just fucking annoyingly pretentious (and I never use this word to describe films, I hate it). Aronofsky-Lawrence for worst couple 2k17.
Visceral but i don't think symbolism ever really works. Comedy? Horror? Religious Allegory? They're all the same here! However, it is a glorious experiment of Fellini like proportions. Even if the concluding scenes may elicit a mix of groan/laughter in concluding the messily vague narrative, it's nice stunt, a surrealist gift given to a multiplex audience yet a 2nd draft could have made characters less ciphers.
When it comes to Aronofsky, we're way past "judging" his ability to make a captivating film. He will, at least, make something that will somehow manage to stay glued to your mind for a long, long time. Mother!, although, will stay in mine for all the wrong reasons. JLaw is turned into a fragile and helpless little bird that only remembers she can yell and kick everyone out of her house when her baby is born. (contd)↴