Review

Writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s last film back in 2014 was the poorly received Noah starring Russel Crow. Now three years later he’s back with his latest film, Mother! and personally I hope it’s another three years before anyone lets Aronofsky back behind the camera as Mother! has to go down as one of the disappointments of the year so far.

There are those that will love it and will no doubt convince themselves that it has some deep and mysterious meaning whilst there are those, and I include myself in this camp, will wonder what the hell is going on.

Mother! starts out so well and appears to be an eerie haunted house drama, unexplained bloody floorboards, discovered hidden rooms etc. Then just when you think this is getting interesting it gets to the final third and you sit there and can't believe, and not in a good way, what you're seeing unfolding in front of you.

With a cast to die for there are many that will be drawn by its star power, but please tread warily as like I said this pretentious nonsense isn’t going to be for everyone.

The story sees Javier Bardem playing a popular poet (none of the characters in the film are ever named) who has hit a creative block. Staying in a desolate large scary house that his wife (Jennifer Lawrence) has renovated after it was mostly destroyed in a fire the couple receive an unexpected visitor (Ed Harris). Much to his wife's displeasure the poet invites him to stay for the night and the two men quickly bond.

The two of them then stay up drinking all night and in the morning the visitors wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) turns up. She then starts to take over the place and then starts to belittle the poets wife.

The wife starts finding herself being alienated in her own home and things start go from bad to worse when the unwelcomed couples two sons turn up only for one of them to kill the other during a heated argument over their dying fathers will.

Feeling bad for the couple the poet allows them to use the house for the wake which turns into a chaotic party with guests treating the house as if they owned it.

Things eventually start to look up for the poet’s wife when she falls pregnant, however when she gives birth hordes of the poets adoring fans turn up and take over the house. Things up to this point were pretty simple but from this point on Mother! just becomes more and more surreal as each scene becomes more bizarre than the one before.



Mother! (18)


2h 1m

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Starring
: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer


UK Release: Friday 15th September 2017






Mother! - "Greeting" Clip

Mother! - "Get Out" Clip