Review: mother! (2017)

Two words of warning before you watch mother!

  1. Don’t watch it if you’re pregnant.
  2. Don’t watch it if you’re easily shocked or offended.

Now we have that cleared up, where to start without giving mother! away? It’s best to go into this film knowing absolutely nothing as when you realise what this is about, it’s absolutely astounding. Darren Aronofsky has made one of the films of the year, a film of our times, and we can’t stop thinking about it. It’s so rich, so vile, so emotional, so beautiful. Just see it now.

Jennifer Lawrence puts in the performance of her career as the young wife only known as ‘mother’. Her existence is attending to her house and her older poet husband Him (Javier Bardem). She never stops,  cleaning, cooking and renovating the house – Him’s former home – which was burned to the ground. Some uninvited strangers turn up one night – man (Ed Harris) and woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) – who start to cause havoc, mess up the kitchen and block the toilet with strange things. Him takes them in as guests and…well…

mother! is controversial for a reason. We wouldn’t expect nothing less in the final act from the director of Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan. He’s messed us up before. We’ve sat through Martyrs (the original, naturally) and hardly flinched but this…this is…something else. But for what it portrays and what it’s all about, it’s a sombre reflection on our own existence and where we’re heading. Plus Kristen Wiig plays an absolute blinder in a chilling scene.

You may laugh. You may want to walk out. You will walk out. Whilst all around us were balking, we wanted to stand up and cheer. A truly amazing piece of filmmaking, innovation and art. Plus that Best Actress Oscar is really deserved by Ms Lawrence.




RATING: 10/10

Watch it for: The entire bloody experience. Glorious

Watch out for: We can’t talk about it just yet. Keep the secret 

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