I want to tell you about this movie, but I’m not exactly sure what the heck I just watched. Mother
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) is one twisted son of a bitch. That said, I didn’t hate this. Kudos on the A list cast starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. All who do a fantastic job in the roles in which they had been cast. Did I say WTF yet?
Mother is Not Your Run of the Mill Horror Flick
Okay, Lawrence plays, well she plays Mother. You see that’s the other thing. None of the characters actually have names.
Jennifer Lawrence Masterfully Demands Empathy
Kudos to Lawrence who landed the only “Normal” role in the script. Regardless, He’s a writer and she’s a homemaker/home-renovator. Him is a good twenty years older and suffering from a horrible case of writer’s block. Mother is hopelessly devoted and encouraging despite his floundering. The couple live in Him’s home which had been burnt to the ground in a horrible fire when Him was much younger. Lawrence’s character had rebuilt the entire home and was near completion of this monstrous undertaking.
Bardem is Charmingly Creepy
Ed Harris, in the role of “Man,” arrives at the home way out in the middle of nowhere. He is under the impression that the house is bed and breakfast. Oddly,
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Ed Harris & Michelle Pfeiffer Disturbingly Invasive
The two sons, involved in an argument over a will quickly turn to fisticuffs and in short time one bludgeons the other to death. Bardem (Him) invites the morning family to stay where they invade and begin to destroy the home. Mother is insistent that they leave, yet Him resists. Eventually they do go and Mother takes on repairing the damage successfully with the exception of a blood spot on the floor that cannot be cleaned away.
Things seem reasonable for quite a while.
Aronofsky Has Changed the Rules!
All this said I liked the film quite a bit. Just a word of caution, Aronofsky has taken every step to ensure that you are as confused about what is occurring as Mother is and it delivers.
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