Despite good performances, Mother! is an ugly meandering mess for the sake of being an ugly meandering mess.
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Mother! throws a ton of shit at the audience, but never makes you care for its characters, plot, or even the artistry of the film. Darren Aronofsky is certainly no stranger to portraying escalating madness and with Black Swan and Requiem For A Dream you could argue that its his specialty. But what those 2 films had that Mother! completely lacks, is a point. I haven’t seen such a cinematic abortion this bad since Only God Forgives, and even that movie had consistent ideas.
For all its mystery and meandering, Mother! is just a vague film that throws a fistful of metaphors at you, with no rhyme or reason. The film thinly explores the idea of a writers block and celebrity, but it never commits to anything. There are no stakes because the rules are never established. Events just occur in the film and its dolled out in the dullest way possible. Loud noises and audio sensory overload occupies a bulk of the film-making here, and its as original as frozen takeout. But does all that art house masturbation lead anywhere?
Nope. The climax is a string of chaotic sequences that comes off more corny that horrific. Oooh look a CGI baby in danger! Sure its different, but just because its different doesn’t mean its not bullshit. And frankly the film isn’t that original. The Silent Hill inspirations are abundantly apparent, from the burning house motifs to nightmarish atmosphere.
In the end, Mother! offers little more than crude metaphors and Jennifer Lawrence walking around in circles for an hour and a half, followed by a screaming contest by the entire cast. Aronofsky is capable of much more than random allegories and metaphors, and his latest work feels disappointingly shallow.