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.