Darren Aronofsky, the director of Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, returns to make this horror/thriller. Let’s see how this movie holds up while being realeased a week after IT
Mother! is the story about a husband and wife (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) who seem to have the perfect life in their secluded house. This happiness comes to a hault when they have a strange visitor knock on their door. Before they know it, this couple has more and more visitors coming into their house. Each visitor has their own story, but all of them seem to have a common point. The wife investigates these visitors to see what’s truly going on inside her house.
Where do I even begin with this movie? I guess I’ll start with the positive elements. The overall acting in Mother! was really good. Nobody really disappointed since the main cast is made up of great actors who have been in terrific movies in the past. Since there was no music in the film, most of the noises come from creaks in the house and wind, which actually helped with the tension of some scenes. The cinematography has a lot of focus on the characters’ movements with little to no use of wide shots of the interior or exterior of the house. This choice from Aronofsky actually served well in giving the audience a good scope and direction of the house.
Now let’s talk about everything else. The rest of this movie is just awful. The pacing and writing of Mother! is so abysmal, that I almost asked for my money back. From start to finish, I honestly could not tell what the heck was going on in this movie. I’d call this a spoiler-free review, but there really isn’t anything to spoil. I left Mother! with more questions and zero answers. So many scenes were just thrown into this movie for no reason. At first, I thought maybe I just didn’t get the artsy meaning that Aronofsky was going for, but now I honestly don’t think there’s a very deep way to look into this. There is almost nothing in this film that gives off a horrific or scary vibe. I only felt unsettled once during Mother!, but it was a scene that was extremely and unnecessarily disturbing with a type of violence that was very uncalled for. As a fan of horror movies, I had hoped that Mother! would bring something new to the table, but I felt nothing but boredom and buyer’s remorse while watching this movie.
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