mother! (2017): Film Review
I'm not going to sugarcoat it: mother! is completely insane. The storyline is like nothing I've ever seen, the plot twists are extremely odd, and the final turn of events is the weirdest scene of a film that I have ever seen. I walked into Darren Aronofsky's newest film expecting something messed up, and that is exactly what I got. mother! is odd, confusing, weird, and insanely horrifying. And, for the most part, it works. The film tells the story of a couple (played by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem), who reside in a house of complete silence. Separated from the world, no cell reception, pure bliss as one might say. But, their quaint lives get stirred up when unexpected guests arrive, rocking their world and changing their lives forever. That is about all there is to the plot itself. But, the film takes many turns, and there are an overload of scenes that make you go "Why? What is the point of all this." The film leaves a lot of doors open without actually explaining what's going on, and mother! is two steps away from being as confusing as a Christopher Nolan movie. I was expecting the film to be a lot scarier, with frequent pop-out scenes, but those are kept to a minimum, as Aronofsky goes for the more disturbing and violent scares instead. Lawrence and Bardem play their roles to perfection, assisted by a great performance from Michelle Pfiffer and a short but meaningful cameo from comedy-star Kristen Wiig. Overall, the film works in some parts, but fails drastically in other departments. If you want to see a horror movie, but are too scared of pop-out scenes to see the newest adaption of Stephen King's It, then mother! is the perfect film for you.