Mother! (2017)

Holy Mary, mother of Jesus!

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Mother! is a movie that will cause you to think. This is not a common narrative and it isn’t exactly spoon fed to the audience, it is an unrelenting nightmare that is rather dazzling with a lot to say. Written and Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Mother! has split the audience. It seems the film is either loved or truly hated and it’s easy to understand both sides. Me, I was mesmerized by it!

I went into Mother! knowing little to nothing about the film and for that I am so grateful, as the story is a tricky one to digest at first, but once you understand what is happening everything will suddenly crash into place. I say crash, because as the film moves forward things quickly become increasingly maniacal before becoming an onslaught on all your senses.

Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are both exceptional, but Lawrence is the star. Her emotional and vulnerable performance is tragic as we see her pushed further and further into madness. The camera never strays too far away from a close up of Lawrence, we are always pushed in tight to her face or floating behind her shoulder. At times it can feel suffocating and you’re just screaming for a wide angle!

Creatively the story is highly metaphorical, but to discuss the underlying themes would be to ruin the experience. From a technical standpoint the film is a marvel, the camerawork is used to instil claustrophobia and dread and this is well-defined in its final act of madness! Don’t underestimate me when I say it is bat shit insanity wall to wall chaos!

7.0 / 10

“You give, and you give, and you give. It’s just never enough”

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