Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer
What has the Director done before?
Darren Aronofsky is most well-known for directing the 2010 American psychological horror film Black Swan starring Natalie Portman, which is the fifth ever horror film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Black Swan made a whopping $329 million on a budget of $13 million and won Natalie Portman the Best Actress Oscar (well deserved), you can catch her emotional acceptance speech here. Darren Aronofsky then went on to make the 2014 mega-budget film Noah, about the biblical story of Noah’s ark which went on to gross about the same amount as Black Swan in the box office however it had a budget of $125 million. Darren Aronofsky seems to work best when he is in his art-house element, as with notable films such as Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler.
What was Mother! About?
It would take quite a while to explain the film but in summary, Mother! Is about a young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) and her much older poet husband (Javier Bardem) who seclude themselves in his country home, so that he can write a new book and get over his writing block. During this time, his young wife takes it upon herself to repair their home and fix it up bit by bit. However, the home isn’t exactly the secluded paradise that they had hoped for when some unexpected guests arrive at their home to the displeasure of the young wife. Her husband on the other doesn’t seem to mind as more “guests” arrive, the stranger things become, and thus begins the horrific ordeal for the young wife.
Was Mother! Scary?
This is heavily dependent on how easily you scare, Mother! Can be described as 70% eery and 30% scary as the film takes a long time to build up, it becomes more frightening as more guests arrive and the situation becomes more serious.
Who gave the best performance?
The film has a stellar cast of Oscar nominees and winners, for example, Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence who are the lead characters. Javier is perfectly cast as the creepy middle-aged poet while Jennifer Lawrence is his young 20 something your old wife, perhaps a little too young, which makes the pairing a little odd at first on the screen. However, Jennifer Lawrence delivers an excellent performance as a traumatised housewife and perhaps her being so young is a signifier for her innocence, naivety and inability to handle such a terrible experience of house invaders.
Was Mother! As bad as the critics’ say?
Critics have been divided, some even walking out during early screenings of the film. The consensus is that audience members will either love it or hate it. If you are going to watch it, be prepared for the unexpected but also let go of expectations or a need for structure and logic, which will make the film more palatable. Mother! Is definitely not for the Rom-com lovers out there.