Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
2017 / 121 Minutes / Paramount Pictures
Review by Brent
I don’t think I’ve experienced a movie quite like Mother! A film that as I watched felt frustrating and caused anger in me. I despised what I was sitting through. I knew nothing going into this movie and had no clue what was going on. All I had heard about this was that it was quite a polarizing film for people. I was hating this movie. Then suddenly near the end I got it! I finally discovered what I was actually watching. Once it was over and I got confirmation of what I just sat through, suddenly this visceral film became fascinating and intriguing to me. I almost wanted to rewatch it again instantly (I didn’t, but I intend to watch this again someday). I enjoy this movie… once I understood what the hell I was watching. Some people will know what this is right away, but not everyone, I’m not well versed in what this movie was about, but once I discovered it I got it!
I don’t want to spoil anything about this movie because for me going into it this without knowing anything made this a really interesting movie experience. I completely understand the love and hate for this and I think both sides are right. This is not for everyone. Especially that insane third act!
The story is actually really quite brilliant and the performance are good. However, for me it was hard to judge the performance as I was watching because I wasn’t liking the movie at all and everything to me was annoying. Jennifer Lawrence is always fantastic and although I don’t think this is her greatest performance it’s certainly a unique one in an unforgettable movie.
I think where this movie failed with general audiences was in the marketing. This movie is not a horror film as the ads suggested, which for fans of the horror genre walking into this are going to be really pissed when they’re actually watching something completely different. Maybe some will argue that, but I thought I was about to watch a horror(ish) film so when I wasn’t seeing that I got confused. Although I don’t know how else this could have been marketed.
There’s no in-between with this one, there will be no “meh it was alright”. Mother! Is genius and I really liked it. It’s frustrating as hell to watch and it’s insanity on screen, but when you know what’s going on it’s really entertaining and a fascinating work of art. You’ll probably have some strong arguments with friends about this one, but one thing is for sure, this one is going to sit with you for days… even if you loved it or hated it.