Cert: 18 Runtime: 121 mins Director: Darren Aronofsky Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson and Kristen Wiig
You give, and you give, and you give. It’s just never enough.
Darren Aronofsky is a film-maker that has astounded my through-out my adult life (except The Fountain!). He ensures that you think about his work for weeks after. Requiem For A Dream a personal favourite of mine (yes I know it’s depressing), from his masterwork he has created a string of acclaimed films from The Wrestler and Black Swan…..Noah was a slight dip but I enjoyed it. Now mother! is here, a project that I have been excited to watch from it’s conception to the first trailer. So what is mother! about? A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.
mother! is Aronofsky’ most thought provoking film to date. mother! benefits from rich religious and environmental symbolism with so much more bubbling under the surface than the majority of mainstream cinema today. Aronofsky and cinematographer Matthew Libatique confine us in excruciatingly tight shots resulting in further disorientation and claustrophobia through most of the film. By the time we get a single wide shot of the home’s exterior, we’ve just about given up hope. mother! isn’t a traditional horror film, it’s hardly a traditional film at all. It’s built on confusion, and metaphors abound. Aronofsky seems intent on causing endless post- viewing discussions and debate. In my eyes he covers ego, fame, Mother Nature, deity/religion, and current affairs. The slow burn of mother! is perfection in my eyes. It unfolds nicely and you get these fine morsels of drama and horror when Aronofsky deems it necessary. Once you get to the third act you are just blown away and your brain will take a pounding. I would recommend staying away from spoilers about mother! just watch it. It feels like a nightmare and Polanski-esk, I loved it!
Jennifer Lawrence gives a power house performance as the mother. She really goes out of the Katniss mould into a true artist. She goes through the mill as her character and I can imagine it was a draining shoot for her. Will she get her fifth academy nomination? most probably this is her career best in my eyes. Javier Bardem as The Poet worked for me, he is the calming yet spin-tingling. He grasped the character well and the connectivity between him and Lawrence works. Michelle Pfeiffer is golden at doing what she does best; being creepy and daunting. Ed Harris is the only character here aside from Jennifer’s that you feel any form of sympathy for.This film is shining with relevancy to the world we live in now, full of selfishness, narcissism, greed and the consequence of too much freedom. mother! is intense, haunting, captivating, frustrating and thought provoking watch it!