All film is subjective. It’s an obvious thing to say, but a film like Mother! should come attached with a reminder of this. Darren Aronosky’s latest directorial effort will likely be one of the most divisive films of the year. However, it is also one of 2017’s most daring and powerful films. Mother! is not for everyone, but it is without a doubt one of this years best movies.
One of the things that amazed me the most was how little the trailers for Mother! have shown. They have managed to tell us the bare minimum of what we need to know. The basic premise is that a couple’s peaceful home is disrupted when uninvited guests begin showing up out of nowhere.
The lead-up to this film has been very secretive and there is a good reason for that. You may think you have an idea of what you are walking into, but you don’t. What I can say is that you shouldn’t go into this film expecting a straightforward horror film. That’s not to say it isn’t frightening. There are some truly terrifying moments and visuals that will stay with you for a very long time. Yet this isn’t an Annabelle: Creation kind of horror movie. It’s closer to the type of psychological horror that Aronofsky evoked in one of his previous films, Black Swan.
There is purpose to everything in this movie. There are no wasted shots and no unnecessary movement. Aronofsky makes you feel like you are right there with these characters and in doing so, he makes you feel as if you are just another one of the uninvited guests terrorizing Jennifer Lawrence’s character. Sound is used so incredibly well. Chaos and madness are enhanced by the sounds that come from all around the massive home. While that is done very well, the real success comes from the way sound is used in the quieter moments of the film. The way a simple floorboard creak cuts through the silence of the night is enough to make you fear for these characters.
All of the performances in Mother! were fantastic. Javier Bardem is hauntingly captivating in a performance that rivals his work in No Country for Old Men. Jennifer Lawrence gives such a beautiful portrayal of a woman who will go through anything to protect her family. Even the supporting cast is impossible to ignore. Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer deserve praise for what they were able to accomplish in their time in the film. However, I was most taken aback by the impression that was left by characters that were only there for a few moments, such as Domhnall Gleeson and Kristen Wiig.
Mother! is the type of film that takes time to really process. I have found that the more I think about this movie, the more I love it. It pulls you into its world from the very opening. The whole experience was so mesmerizing for me that it took me until the third act of the film to realize that none of the characters had names. The many religious symbolisms will really make you think about what is happening in the film. Mother! is unlike anything you will see all year. It is relentless and jarring, but it is also smart and emotional. It is a film that deserves to be studied and analyzed for years to come. This will be a divisive film, but regardless of whether you love it or hate, you will not forget it.
|Release Date:||September 15 2017|