This is quite possibly one of the most hardest Movie Reviews I’ve to write and score to date. Mother! Is a very dramatic and overall disturbing film. The MA+ rating in my option should be considered being lifted up to R18+ level. You have been warned. Have a nice day.
The film opens up with a house that appears to have been burnt to the ground. A man has a glowing crystal that he can place in a holder and, in response, the House becomes beautiful and unburnt again. Shortly after this House transformation occurs at the beginning of the film, a woman who is not named (played by Jeniffer Lawrence) awakens from her bed and the two (man and woman) conduct a normal day. He is trying to write and she is making improvements on the home. It’s also understood that the two have some type of strong relationship together. Soon their relationship is tested by an unknown pair of strangers that arrive at their beautiful home.
Director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swann, The Wrestler) once again delivers a beautiful looking film and it is amazing to see this film on UHD/4K media. I also admired the clever camera work within the film.
While Mother! looks and sounds amazing, the plot is very unusual and different. I’m confident to say this film will leave many with only some understanding as to what’s going on, or maybe you will feel rather confused and dumbfounded. The film is full of confronting moments that makes Mother! a hard watch from start to finish. Certain scenes will also leave many feeling sick or even uncomfortable, but a major question I asked myself was ‘Is this a bad thing to have in a film? Or a positive thing for this film?’ To be honest, no opinion on this film will likely be the same.
The movie has the audience following the unknown female (Jennifer Lawrence) during her every step for the full duration of the film. When she is surprised, upset or confused, it feels like we too, because we are in the same moment as her. It’s a different way of filming, but it’s clever. This type of filming only helped raise more suspense and confusion.
For its larger part, Mother! is, in fact, a big mystery. Characters are doing strange things, the leads even say bizarre things and any scene in this film can completely change mood and direction within a matter of seconds. I cannot count how many times the film made me question and yell… “what the hell is going on here?!?!?”
For the record, I did manage to put the film together just after the halfway mark, but that’s another story for another day.
Jennifer Lawrence is once again great at committing to the role and gives a new performance like we’ve never seen her give before. This film would not have been easy. It’s challenging to watch, sure, but I hate to think what it would have like to star in it…
Mother! is truly a mixed bag. I can completely understand how many would state this film is a masterpiece and then how others would get up and walk away from it, refusing to watch it. For me, I can see many positives within the film. The director has taken some massive (seriously, MASSIVE) risks which will leave many viewers speechless or feeling rather angry. You choose.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden