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monac's avatar


2 years 9 months ago
supermario70's avatar


This was an interesting movie, to say the least. Mother! is one of those types of movies that some will absolutely despise, while others will enjoy it for just how weird it is. I'm not sure what I think about the movie, but it will certainly stay on my mind for a while.
2 years 9 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Darren Aronofsky's mother! sells itself as a creepy, indie horror-thriller, and for a while, that's what it is. By the time you realize it's an allegory, that allegory doesn't so much fall apart as blow its wad, and that's where it will lose audiences. For those not tapping into the metaphor, it just becomes nonsense (going by the very chatty reaction when the lights came on). For those who do, it's too on the nose and robs the film of its interesting ambiguities (some linger, mind you). Still, as a "worst house guests ever" story, it works very well, consistently increasing the main character's malaise, and since Aronofsky keeps the camera with her, the film keeps an emotional immediacy to what is a somewhat intellectual pursuit, and manages a strange and necessary unknowability to the other characters. I think the film also works as a study of creation - motherly, artistic, divine - and the pitfalls of fame, if we allow the allegory to double back on itself once it's revealed. It's gotten a lot of flack, I think in part due to audiences being unready for it (not having the right cultural baggage, hyped by the gossip side-show, expectations set out by the trailer, and/or having difficulty with the abuse heaped on Jennifer Lawrence's character - we had some late walk-outs), but I liked it. I'm just the kind of artsy-fartsy pretentious git who likes this sort of thing. If anything, I wanted it to be more opaque.
2 years 9 months ago
SpacedJ's avatar


Like Colossal, you can't make a trailer that properly shows you what this movie is.

The movie is difficult, but really good, possibly even great. However the reason it is great is that it keeps making you more and more uncomfortable. Then things get weird, then shocking, to the point where it takes on the pummeling style of the last few minutes of Requiem for a Dream. Is it real? What does every single thing on screen symbolize? Who are all these awful people?

You'll love it or you'll hate it and I loved it.

2 years 9 months ago
MrDoog's avatar


This was a downright irritating watch.
2 years 9 months ago
ntan's avatar


I can't even formulate words to describe what I saw. The trailer could not be any more different than the film. You can't expect what you're about to see unless you know the plot details. spoiler
2 years 9 months ago
essaywhu's avatar


I went in expecting a retread of Rosemary's Baby, because that is what it seemed like in the trailers, but I was pleased that it ended up being so different. Not everyone will like this, but I loved it. It's a true original in my opinion, or at least I've never seen anything quite like it. I've seen some describe it as a psychological horror, but I think that is inaccurate. It is more of a mystery/drama or even a very black comedy, with small elements of psychological horror.

2 years 9 months ago
sunanoonna's avatar


Mother! is basically the Bible dressed up as an artsy horror thriller with a plot that makes absolutely no sense outside the biblical allegorical narrative. If you buy into the Biblical narrative and put motives and allegories above a solid plot and character development, you will probably love this. If not, you might be disappointed.

Thought provoking? Yes. Not because of its motives or allegory (I could have seen those Bible references coming from a mile away), but at the end of the movie I kept on thinking of realistic, credible plots and multidimensional characters that would have made this movie work.

The cinematography looks great and I enjoyed the aggressive gory scenes but the obvious metaphors they were conveying through gratuitously absurd plot devices spoiler made my eyes roll Aubrey Plaza style.

2 years 6 months ago
iago-rotten's avatar


I have mixed feelings about it, I can't say I hated it because there were just too many parallels/allegories to be drawn and that was really interesting. However, I can't say I loved it either. One thing for sure: this film will stay with me for a long time and I probably will be looking back at it as the time goes by. In the end I might decide I liked it.

2 years 9 months ago
stefenemie's avatar


So many layers beyond the base level. I can't even say too much without getting into an in-depth discussion. Needless to say, this is a movie that is worth exploring if you are prefer to explore beyond the surface. You may love it or you may hate it, but it should surely evoke strong feelings.
2 years 9 months ago
brokenface's avatar


2 years 9 months ago
FreakyJk's avatar


Didn't hate it, but honestly I feel this film doesn't have much to say. The spoiler is fun to discover, but there isn't anything else there. It ends up being just a nice ride. It's worth giving a watch, but it's not anything to rave about.
2 years 9 months ago
Paravail's avatar


oops! all allegory
1 year 8 months ago
audiopile's avatar


Brilliantly displays a nightmare on screen. This film is filled with wtf, I was fully absorbed.
2 years 6 months ago
catherinefrances's avatar


This movie will stick with me for a while, and I like that. That's how I know it was good film.

2 years 9 months ago

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