Mother! is available in: English [Original] French English – Audio Description on Netflix Canada
A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
The private life of a poet and his wife ruptures at the seams when uninvited strangers begin to visit their tranquil, isolated home.
I don’t really want to talk too much about the film’s plot or the finale as not much about the film is known to the public at this point. It’s absolutely worth it to go into this film as blind as possible or maximum effectiveness. All I’ll say is that the _Rosemary’s Baby_ influenced poster and marketing so far is a big curve ball – it has nothing to do with that film although Polanski horror elements are clearly an inspiration to Aronofsky here.
I do want to praise three specific elements of this film that worked the best for me: (1) The sound design was absolutely magnificent. There is no score to this film – not quite sure what Jóhann Jóhansson did here – but the sound design is eerie as hell and supremely memorable. (2) The production design is next level. The house in this film is basically the co-lead (you’ll see what I mean when you watch it) and it evolves drastically over the course of the film (again, you’ll see what I mean when you watch it). Excellent art direction that I haven’t stopped thinking about all day. (3) The performance from Jennifer Lawrence is harrowing as she really gave herself to this film and to Aronofksy’s vision, but the performance that stuck with me is the one from Michelle Pfeiffer. She really embodied her character and even though she’s only in maybe the first 60% of the film, she left a deep impression on the rest of it as well. Her character is crucial to the film and she injected such mystery and gravity to the events that followed her exit.
Will soon watch this again and hopefully have more meaningful thoughts. It’s hard to say too much right now when hardly anyone has seen the film yet, but believe me, there is a lot to be said about _mother!_
_Final rating:★★½ – Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole._
That said, I spent 95% of the movie with a confused expression on my face, and asking myself “what the hell is this?” I walked into the theater expecting something good–not necessarily great, but enjoyable. This movie was confusing, inexplicably violent, never got to the point or fleshed out a story/plot, and left me feeling very uncomfortable throughout the film’s entirety.
I really DON’T recommend this movie. It seemed like a total waste of time. The plot was non-existent. Confusing. Disturbing at times, without any explanation, context or reason.
I’d give it 1 star, only because the sets were really well done. Other than that not worth even one watch, I think.
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|Rating: 6.6/10 (134,053 votes)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writer: Darren Aronofsky
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence Javier Bardem Ed Harris Michelle Pfeiffer
Runtime: 121 min
Genre: Drama Horror Mystery
Released: 15 Sep 2017
|Plot: A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.|