Mother! (stylized as mother!) is a 2017 American psychological horror film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The plot follows a young woman whose tranquil life with her husband at their country home is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious couple.
A young woman spends her days renovating the Victorian mansion that she lives in with her husband in the countryside. When a stranger knocks on the door one night, he becomes an unexpected guest in their home. Later, his wife and two children also arrive to make themselves welcome. Terror soon strikes when the beleaguered wife tries to figure out why her husband is so seemingly friendly and accommodating to everyone but her.
Why It Sucks
- The main problem with the film is that it has no reason to exist. What was the point of the film? Is Darren Aronofsky making fun of God? Is he making fun of the creative process, or something else entirely? The point of this film remains a mystery, leaving a highly nonsensical tale passed on as a movie.
- This film has no plot, at all. Instead, all it really has is a subplot, which has nothing to do with the film, and after the subplot, the film completely just throws itself out the window with completely random stuff.
- The movie shows that director Darren Aronofsky doesn't know what an allegory is.
- The film is flooded with unnecessary biblical allegories that tries way too hard to be a horror but fails miserably and ends up being pretentious garbage that doesn't make sense at all. It's supposed to be a modern representation of the Bible, but it just leaves audiences confused and perplexed about what's going on in the movie.
- The film is also boring, as nothing really scary goes on.
- Who the heck even invited the couple into the house?
- Its depictions of violence are heavily nauseating and unnecessary. The movie could be better without any of that violence.
- Then there's this scene where the crowd literally eats Mother's dead baby after his neck is accidentally snapped.
- Not to mention, but one poster literally shows Mother holding her own heart ripped out of her own chest, which actually happens at the end of the film (see reason 11).
- The characters in the movie are one-dimensional, and Mother is just Jennifer Lawrence looking uncomfortable for two hours. The viewer doesn't really care for them since they never develop at all.
- Him is never very "godlike" since his revelation as "God" is only revealed at the end, which is a classic example of telling and not showing.
- Mother also shares a similar problem. She demonstrates none of the qualities common to the portrayals of Mother Earth. Instead, she is aloof, credulous, and dense. Instead of a Mother Earth figure that was sympathetic and relatable, we get a robot whose demise is highly boring and met with yawns.
- All Mother really says to Him is "Please make them leave", trying to demand the couple to leave their house.
- The ending. To put it briefly, Mother causes an oil tank to explode, killing everyone except for her and Him. She is horrifically burned while Him is left unharmed. Then, Him rips out Mother's heart and crushes it with his hands, revealing a new crystal. And guess what happens next? A new Mother wakes up in bed, wondering where Him is. This basically means that not only the whole film repeats itself again, but it is also sequel baiting.
- Darren Aronofsky reacted negatively to the film receiving an "F" on CinemaScore, saying that "How if you walk out of this movie are you not going to give it an 'F'? ... We wanted to make a punk movie and come at you. And the reason I wanted to come is because I was very sad and I had a lot of anguish and I wanted to express it."
The Only Redeeming Quality
- Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Pfeiffer's performances are amazing.
The film strongly divided both critics and audiences, receiving 69% on Rotten Tomatoes, an "F" on CinemaScore, and a 6.6/10 on IMDb.