mother! – review


mother! is the last film directed and written by Darren Aronofsky, famous director of Black Swan. The movie has a very important cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem (both winners of the Oscar), Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris, who have been nominated several times at the Academy Awards. The protagonists are Lawrence and Bardem, in the role of a newly married couple. He is a poet affected by the writer’s block, she is a very devout wife who takes her time by reconstructing his house that was destroyed in a fire. Their life will change when

a doctor, played by Ed Harris, will knock on their door. The husband will invite him to stay and slowly, the wife and children will arrive.

I liked the film, it drived me crazy, I really loved it. This psychological horror ultimately is not so horror, but it is normal. a very dramatic, intense and profound film. It deals with so many themes and gives us a lot to think about, to reflect on, one thing a film should do, given that cinematography is art and as such its purpose is not only to entertain. The story is very beautiful, but complicated to understand, because it is allusive and allegorical. There are many biblical references, such as Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, the plagues of Egypt, Jesus. Obviously, don’t make the mistake of thinking that these references are to be understood in a truly religious way or of spreading the verb of the Bible. No, no, absolutely not! I read some comments on twitter that really made me get nervous! You didn’t understand the film? Ok, but be silent, do not judge it as a dick.

So, yes, there are so many allegories in the film that refer to the Bible, but, of course, they must be interpreted in a different way. Aronofsky has shown in various films that he does not believe or, at least, that he has a different vision of what it is to believe. In Mother! there is a criticism of religion and church, even in Noah. All those allegorisms are mostly clues to understand the identity of Jennifer Lawrence’s character, whose name we do not even know. So, I don’t really want to reveal the meaning of the film, because, in my opinion, you have to understand it, it’s more beautiful like that, but I also understand that, if I don’t do so, the review wouldn’t make sense. So I will give a brief explanation in the next paragraph that you can freely skip, and maybe come back later when you’ve seen the film, in case you haven’t understood it or if you want a comparison, to see if the viewing is the same.

The film is purely environmentalist, a theme that is very important for Aronofsky. In this film, the Earth, the paradise in which we live, is represented by a house, the house that Lawrence puts back in place with so much love. This is then ruined by men. Therefore, Aronofky invites us to reflect on how we are treating the Earth, both individually and collectively. Every action we take is to destroy it or to spot it with sins, making us not worthy of living in this paradise, from which we only know how to take, but to which we give nothing. So humans are selfish, they are narcissistic, they don’t love the Earth for nature, but they love the fact that nature love them, and instead of thinking about preserving it, they think about superfluous things such as money and fame and religion, and making it, they always makes the world a worse place. Humans commit real sins, which cannot be “sweep under the mat”, because they will never be erased and nature cannot forget them. Finally, lastly, humans never learn, however they always make the same mistakes. This is the meaning of the film. It is no coincidence that the protagonist is a poet, and you know, the poets are in close contact with nature (Saffo, Leopardi, Petrarch) and talk with her.

As well as the themes, I liked the screenplay. It is dark, but at the same time it manages to be a black-comedy and also a psychological horror. I also really liked the clear separation between the two parts. The first is quiet, slow, but already disturbing and intriguing and very allegorical. The second, faster, more absurd, more chaotic. But a chaotic sense, the film is chaotic because our world, that we have created, is chaotic. A brilliant gimmick. One thing I say to you is that it may seem like a film sometimes repetitive, especially for Lawrence, which in a specific part, she always does te same thing. But there is a big reason behind it. I had thought about it, but I was not sure, then came a scene that confirmed my hypothesis. Everything is sometimes repetitive because humans NEVER learn! And Aronofsky, with this MASTERPIECE, is telling us to wake up, otherwise things will never change.

In general I found anything absolutely perfect. Editing, sound, direction and cinematography are exceptional. Sound editing and visual effects are both made very well, though thay are used little. There’s nothing about this film that I think has been made badly. And I want to congratulate my friends in Venice for whistling it. After  having underestimated Arrival in that way, you whistled this gorgeous film. Well, it’s clear that you can’t recognize a good movie. Sorry, but I have had this groove in my throat for more than a year.

For actors, I have little to say. All four exceptional, especially Lawrence, which I love and will love forever. Also the actors who do not appear very good.

So, you all listen to me: GO ABSOLUTELY TO SEE THIS FILM! definitelyone of thest of the year and I assure you that it will not leave you disappointed. It’s not a film for everyone, it’s a film that is sometimes absurd, artistic, complicated, allegorical, but it’s what makes it so beautiful.

Rating: 92/100

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