A review of the 2017 film “Mother!”

I should have done my homework but, in the middle of the second lockdown of a global pandemic, I was struggling to find an interesting film that I hadn’t already seen. Then I found this movie with Jennifer Lawrence in the lead and I’ve been a huge fan of hers since “Winter’s Bone” a decade ago. Plus the support cast – Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kristen Wiig – was stellar.

Only at the end did I find that the work was both written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. Now I’ve seen six of his earlier films and so I know how strange some of his work can be. But it was too late. “Mother”” starts like a weird dream and slowly morphs into a fiendish nightmare with some truly disturbing scenes. And I have no idea what it all means. But Lawrence is excellent.


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