Mount St. Joseph University

Wait, What Just Happened? A Film Review of “Mother!”

Dateline: student newspaper

By: Michael Mullin

File Under: dateline, film review

From the director who brought you the critically acclaimed films, Black Swan, Noah, The Wrestler, and my personal favorite, Requiem for a Dream. Darren Aronofsky has successfully produced another gem for the ambitious movie goer’s out there.

Darren Aronofsky is famous for his backward yet thrilling, dramatic sequences. As mentioned earlier, Black Swan was one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2010. Aronofsky was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing, and Natalie Portman took home an Oscar for Best Actress. He’s also been nominated for several other awards along the way, but his best work so far has been his latest release, Mother! The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, as well as Michelle Pfeiffer. Believe me when I say that it fails to disappoint.

If you haven’t had the chance to see the film, you’re missing out. Mother! is an unexpected thrill ride that makes you question every detail that you see throughout the entire film. One of the best parts about going to a movie at the movie theater is the excitement of possibly feeling excitement. It’s an adrenaline rush for some and just another Friday night for others. If your goal is to be shocked, surprised, and confused all at the same time at the theatre, then Mother! is your golden ticket. The basic premise of the film is describing how a secluded peaceful couple is disturbed throughout the hours and days by the uninvited guest who show up at random for no apparent reason. The guests who visit end up ruining the couple’s peaceful yet tumultuous private relationship.

More and more you begin to realize how strange and disturbing these guests of the couple become and what their real intentions are. One of the more confusing things about the film is the ending of it. It’s unfortunate that some people will watch the entire film completely and still not understand what it’s about. One of the few hints that I can share with you about the film is that to truly understand what’s going on, you must grab your bible and think about who the characters represent and what each prop and issue that arises means to the stability of the “house.”