Film Review: Mother!
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As the disquiet subsided in the moment Jennifer Lawrence esoterically uttered the words "I'll just get started on the apocalypse," I was, for the first time, convinced I understood where this already bizarre odyssey was ultimately heading. A mere handful of minutes later, Aronofsky's irreverent thriller had diced and pulped my assumption with such contemptuous vigour, I felt somewhat uncomfortable towards the notion that I'd thought I knew what was going on. It explains why the acclaimed auteur remained so tight-lipped about the cloak-and-dagger nature of his latest work, Mother!, during the build-up to its tempestuously anticipated release. In contrast, as soon as the lights go down, Aronofsky somewhat audaciously deigns to play with fire, in a much more figurative sense than it may initially seem, with the enigmatic precursor to the film's title. Then we are cordially welcomed, by a series of glistening establishing shots, to the grand wooden mansion in which we will spend the entire duration of the film, and subsequently introduced to its two nameless proprietors. They are a young housewife (Lawrence), who spends her days working on restoring the house to its former glory, and her considerably older husband (Javier Bardem), who is a renowned poet. He sits upstairs, battling his seemingly unbeatable writer’s block; while his wife goes about all of the daily necessities, occasionally wandering down to lend the briefest of hands before returning to his state of solitude. Until there comes a mysterious knock at the door, that is. Followed by another the very next day. The former is courtesy of a man (Ed Harris) claiming to be a doctor in need of a place to stay for the night, while his kindly inquisitorial wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) is responsible for the latter. A pair whose continued presence in the house proves to be the catalyst for something far worse than the aforementioned “apocalypse.”
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