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“Mother” Review: Pushing The Limits of Filmmaking (and Your Patience)

MOTHER! (2017) Review
Directed by Darren Aronofsky

There isn’t anything like Darren Aronofsky’s latest mystery thriller. mother! definitely isn’t for everyone and the longer you dive in to its craziness, the more stressful the film gets.

The film tells the story of Jennifer Lawrence (mother) and Javier Bardem (Him) as a married couple. Lawrence trying to renovate their house while Bardem works on a new book as a novelist. Everything is already getting weird but things get weirder when Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer enter their house.

Just when you thought Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance and experience in The Revenant which (finally) earned him an Oscar is insane, you witness Jennifer Lawrence in even more insane sequences that will leave you baffled and in awe. There’s no other way to describe it but insane. It’s uncomfortable to see but at the same time, it’s amazing how these are executed.

The mind of Aronofsky is a puzzle and mother! will keep you guessing, will keep you thinking whether this scene is real or not, or all of what’s happening is just a metaphor for being a mother or what. It’s crazy, and it’s stressful once Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer enters the scene. The choices of its characters are confusing.

mother! pushes the limits of filmmaking but at the same time, keeps you locked, deep into its story. It gives you that feeling you’re confined within the four walls of where the character of Lawrence and Bardem lives, it’s suffocating and the events withing those walls will drive you crazy. It’s an unconventional story of a married couple, this is chaos meets art. It’s stressful but the film will leave you in awe.

mother!

4 OUT OF 5 STARS

4-stars

“mother!” is now showing in cinemas nationwide from United International Pictures, locally distributed by Columbia Pictures. Rated R-16 by the MTRCB.

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