MPAA Rating: R
strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Runtime: 120 minutes
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris
Critics who bone up on a film before they see it can only imagine where it will take them. In the new film Mother, it was a long road down a dark alley with no clue why this was out on the big screen to traumatize watchers.
It begins with a wife (Jennifer Lawrence) and her husband( Javier Bardem) in a new huge house. They don’t have names just Him and Mother. He’s a well-known writer, she’s his muse. When a stranger, and fan of the author knocks on the door husband lets him and his wife in. They take over the house, their huge family comes and causes havoc to wife and the home. Soon their yard is filled with hundreds of book fans who storm the home, break and steal things and mistreat wife.
I’m not a fan of Darren Aronofsky’s movies, Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Fountain, but this one was insulting to watch. The mob outside pushes in the house and Mother is accosted by men, watching her home be robbed and broken, and her husband enthralled in the attention he is getting and leaving his pregnant wife to deal on her own. Eventually she has her baby and her husband insist they pass it around the 100s of people who want to see it. They kill the baby and eat the pieces. This is no joke.
Darren Aronofsky calls it a Psychological Horror Mystery Drama. There is a lot of mystery as things happen we never figure out; why Mother huffs and puffs all the time, what is the yellow liquid she always drinks, what does the big spot of blood in the bedroom mean? Even with well- known actors, it’s nothing anyone should see. Jennifer Lawrence says she hyperventilated and dislocated a rib while filming Mother!
Half of the San Diego Film Critics attened this screening, many leaving moaning and irratited.
Photo Credits: Paramount Pictures