The opening of ‘mother!’ should tell you enough about what you’re about to witness for the next 2 hours.
It’s filled with unrelenting and downright disgusting visuals that will make you question everything you have seen.
There’s no subtlety in it. It’s weird. It’s unapologetically in your face. If that doesn’t get you prepared for it, nothing will.
Darren Aronofsky is an extremist of cinema.
His films are always to one extreme; an extreme of paranoia (Pi, Black Swan, Noah) or an extreme of desperation (Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, and The Wrestler).
He seems to be leaning more on the paranoia side with ‘mother!’ because this is one hell of a tense movie.
Everything feels intentionally off about it.
People act like they’re in a David Lynch film because they all have extreme reactions to very minor things or go over the top in their actions.
It’s lunacy to the point of comedy, although we aren’t laughing at the movie but almost with the movie.
Just like the titular character, who is only named Mother (Jennifer Lawrence), you never know what is going on or how to feel during the film.
You are in a vessel; witnessing events in the perspective of a person whose agency has been taken from her by a person she wishes loved her back.
This is the the core message of “mother!”: Never being able to stop this seemingly endless cycle of abuse.
As the film became crazier with each passing second, I kept wondering why Lawrence was so subdued with all this craziness.
Why does she do so much for someone who doesn’t do anything back?
All he does is take and take.
It seems as if Aronofsky is trying to make commentary on how the female of a couple is usually cast aside and isn’t really thought of.
She has to act polite, orderly, and subdued or she’s looked down upon.
It’s a very nihilistic film that will test you through its entire runtime, but still comes out as a satisfying experience.
I have seen many wildly different interpretations; some calling it misogynistic and some saying it’s about the Holy Bible in its entirety.
The misogynistic argument isn’t one I agree with, but I can see it being the entire bible since Aronofsky has shown interest in darker implications of The Bible with “Noah”.
Personally, I feel it is about the never ending cycles of abuse and the creative process.
I need to rewatch ‘mother!’, because it has so many different interpretations that I agree with and they all could be right. This could be evidence of how genius this film is.
Coming into ‘mother!’ knowing the different reactions people were having, I was very nervous for what I was about to embark on.
I shouldn’t have doubted Aronofsky.
This is an amazing film that will sure be talked about for some time after.