Writer: Darren Aronofsky (Screenplay)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brain Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson
Plot: A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Tagline – seeing is believing
Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Too Artsy
Story: Mother starts as our leading lady (Lawrence) known as Mother (No characters have names) awakens giving us a tour of her beautiful home with husband Him (Bardem) a writer. The couple peace is interrupted by Man (Harris) who visits the couple and the next day his wife Woman (Pfeiffer) arrives.
As Mother becomes irritated by the visitors as people continue to turn up and she questions the love her husband has for her before things escalate into something you don’t see coming.
Thoughts on Mother
Characters – Mother is the character we follow around for the whole film, we see how she sees things unfolding in the house as the guest continue to arrive while she tries to regain the attention of her husband, she does come off whiny at times though. Him is the husband and writer, he always seems very opening to guest and has an ore about him. Man is the first visitor that comes uninvited to the home, he gets welcomed in and we learn part of his life through the part along with his wife Woman who challenge Mother’s belief.
Performances – Jennifer Lawrence is fine in the leading role but this won’t go down as her best as I found her slightly annoying after a while. Javier Bardem does have a mystery about the character he is playing. We do have solid performance from all the characters through the film.
Story – The story can easily be looked at as a biblical concept with what happens following our leading lady Mother dealing with the problem visitors. The problem is this is a story that you would need to understand elements of the bible, the other problems come where the certain things get hinted at but don’t seem to follow through with and you would need a lot of patience to get through this film.
Horror/Mystery/Thriller – The horror elements of the film are poor because nothing seems to come from any hints, the mystery is the highlight of the film because you want to know just what the hell is happening. The film does try to keep you on edge from start to finish.
Settings – The whole film does take place in the home of the couple as they get visitors which dives into chaos.
Special Effects – The effects are good through the film without being ground breaking but do fall into the director’s trait.
Final Thoughts – In the end I didn’t enjoy this film, it feels very long and difficult to describe, it has plenty of tension but things start going nowhere.
Overall: Too much going on through the film.