Mother!

Mother!

DVD - 2017
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A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

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Bookluvva
Feb 22, 2018

I cannot even star this: Director Darren Aronofsky should've stuck to his second love, Anthropology-- believe he could contribute more uplifting material. The world has
enough helter-skelter strife-- we do NOT need to be subject to the level of shock and
schlock this film delivers: often muted, yet jarringly unsettling confusion, hodpodge horror, surrealistic scenes, the uber-sickening violence, and, to me a degree of down-right misogyny (I found myself wondering if this guy hated his momma-- or his own infant innocence of childhood).

I also caught elements of 'Nazi-style storm-trooper chaos in the mob scenes' and subsequent brutality; and found the line "get the Goyim" surprisingly below-the-belt-over-the-top", injected into this one invasion scene. One wonders if the director is pointedly criticizing his own culture in conjuring up this statement that could surely raise anti-Semitic repercussions; or is he surreptitiously fomenting something under the core of the violent scenes where this comment arises as a brute warning of his own culture to a world-at-large.

Beyond this, I also wondered why Lawrence even agreed to this film at all (since she is a solid actress, I can't fault her acting, though I can w. Bardem!). Pfieffer and Harris have to be excused, I guess, for having to take lower grade film scripts at this point in their careers.
Seems to me, "instant stars" such as these at some time in their careers have agreed--
knowingly or unknowingly-- to "sell their souls to the devil" (metaphorically or....!). Then, at
some point along their raking in the millions, their chips are called in to pay the piper.
And they get into really "dark"byways in their acting careers (on and offstage)....So many of them have....certainly Bardem did...Pfeiffer along the way....now, it seems Lawrence's time is up???

Anyway, I cannot even grant this 1*....It is almost the worst movie I have ever seen (hard-pressed to recall a worse one, and at one point, was SO turned off by the gratuitous violence (forget the high explanation of symbols viewers!), considered shutting off the dvd....But my curiosity prevailed-- not for the film's outcome so much as becoming "socially anthropologic" about the director himself at that point. Which was then that I began wondering if he wasn't privy to some sort of insider Hollywood Satanist hocus-pocus and
contributing his perverted 'opus' to the god Mollach or something)! Pathetic what passes as art, and who, as artists these days....

A real downer....

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Vrouk
Feb 16, 2018

I'd spoil the movie for you but I'm still not exactly sure what happened. It's boring, confusing, boring... did I mention boring? It's okay to be confusing and disorienting if it's interesting. There's one scene near the end that's interesting, but the rest is just like watching paint dry. Jennifer is a decent actress but nothing special and Javier is terrible in most of his English language roles. No Country For Old Men he barely speaks, and he's good in that.

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DawnWhite
Feb 15, 2018

Not worth your time. Drags on and on...

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Bookworm39
Feb 13, 2018

I really thought it was going to be good near the beginning but then later it did not make sense. Not my cup of tea.

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aksipocz
Feb 12, 2018

Awful. Like the guests that wouldn't leave, this movie goes on and on.

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1dancer
Feb 11, 2018

Like a long ending nightmare - that isn't that interesting. Don't bother.

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abcDena
Feb 11, 2018

Complete trash, which is all I'd expect from Darren Aron-hack-sky.

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Keetums
Feb 09, 2018

Complete, total, utter waste of time.

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steve1111
Feb 06, 2018

Thanks for all the preceding biblical explanations, allegories and analogies etc. Cain and Abel, Adam and Eve, "Mother Earth" and so on, all of these (other than being made up stories themselves) help to explain and shed light on what might otherwise be confused with the chaos of one insane cycle of (presumably) an infinite number. A sequel should be easy enough, just replace "mother" with "next mother." Clearly not for all tastes, or many tastes, or few tastes, or fewer tastes, or ...
PS As for worst movie of all time - ever seen "Keyhole."??

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22METZ
Feb 06, 2018

This movie appears to be about man continually destroying earth and mankind. Also seems to be about an insane man who never gets enough accolades for his ego. He's willing to give it all up to appease his ego. There is also bible interpretations in this story. You can take whatever meanings you want. I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone. It was too dark showing nothing good.

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ammaretto
Dec 19, 2017

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jimg2000
Jan 15, 2018

Martin Scorsese on this film:

After I had a chance to see mother!, I was even more disturbed by this rush to judgment, and that's why I wanted to share my thoughts. People seemed to be out for blood, simply because the film couldn't be easily defined or interpreted or reduced to a two-word description. Is it a horror movie, or a dark comedy, or a biblical allegory, or a cautionary fable about moral and environmental devastation? Maybe a little of all of the above, but certainly not just any one of those neat categories.

Is it a picture that has to be explained? What about the experience of watching mother!? It was so tactile, so beautifully staged and acted — the subjective camera and the POV reverse angles, always in motion … the sound design, which comes at the viewer from around corners and leads you deeper and deeper into the nightmare … the unfolding of the story, which very gradually becomes more and more upsetting as the film goes forward. The horror, the dark comedy, the biblical elements, the cautionary fable — they're all there, but they're elements in the total experience, which engulfs the characters and the viewers along with them. Only a true, passionate filmmaker could have made this picture, which I'm still experiencing weeks after I saw it.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/martin-scorsese-rotten-tomatoes-box-office-obsession-why-mother-was-misjudged-guest-column-1047286

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jimg2000
Jan 15, 2018

The essential quotes are in IMDb already as:

You give, and you give, and you give. It's just never enough.

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