‘Mother!’ Review

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Wow, Mother! is one of those films that will be talked about for years to come. It is unlike any film I have ever seen before. I will give my thoughts on what I thought the film meant at the end. My thoughts will contain some spoilers so I will write them in a different color. The horror/thriller film was written and directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kristen Wiig. Mother!, follows a young woman whose tranquil life with her husband at their country home is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious couple. None of the characters in the film have names and are simply known as pronouns. Jennifer Lawrence was great as Mother. A homebody, all Mother cares about is pleasing her husband and keeping his house perfect. Lawrence is truly able to express so much emotion in her role. As a viewer, you can feel her hurt and her pain as people disrespect the home she is trying to maintain. Javier Bardem also has a great performance as Him. He’s a writer who wants to keep his wife and home happy and healthy. Yet, He’s always willing to help others at the expense of ruining His home and His relationship. Javier Bardem brings a certain strength and kindness to his character that is seldom seen in people. The other characters come in and out of their lives, breaking things and making a mess, much to Mother’s dismay. She tries to tell her husband that He should stop inviting them back, but his compassion will not let Him. The film is very blunt and you will understand pretty quickly what message Aronofsky is trying to convey. I give Mother! a Decent 8.9/10. The film is a masterpiece of art and should be watched by everyone. Although I’m sure there are people who will not like how he presented his message. Now on to the spoiler-filled part of my review. I will not tell you what happened in the film, but I will explain what I think (know) it all means. The film is a loose allegory of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, with elements of eternal recurrence. The Mother and her house are Mother Nature and Earth. Him, her husband is God. God continues to invite people into his paradise only for them to continually mess things up. The mysterious couple that visit Mother and Him are Man (Ed Harris) and Woman (Michelle Pfeiffer). They are the references to Adam and Eve. Man and Woman have two sons (Domhnall and Brian Gleeson), who always fight. They are your references to Cain and Abel. The film also contains references to The Great Flood, the birth of Jesus Christ, and the Apocalypse. Mother! is trying to explain that God loves man so much despite all the evil things we do. He forgives all the violence, the killing, the false prophets, etc. Mother thinks we should just be removed and eventually starts attacking the people. Her fighting back is kind of like global warming in that people caused it. All the bad things that happen in this world are our fault, not God’s. I strongly recommend reading the Bible after watching this film as it may help if you wish to understand it a little better.

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