Amidst a wild flat meadow encircled by an Edenic lush forest, a couple have cocooned themselves in a secluded mansion that was not so long ago burned to the ground, devotedly restored by the supportive wife. Within this safe environment, the once famous middle-aged poet husband is desirous of creating his magnum opus; however, he seems unable to break out of the persistent creative rut that haunts him. Then, unexpectedly, a knock at the door, the sudden arrival of a cryptic late-night visitor and his intrusive wife will stimulate the writer's stagnant imagination. Little by little, much to the perplexed wife's surprise, the more chaos he lets in their haven, the better for his punctured male ego. In the end, will this incremental mess blemish, irreparably, the couple's inviolable sanctuary?Written by
After one of the sons is murdered, the Mother fails to call 911. All she does is clean up the crime scene and dispose of the evidence, making her complicit in the crime, something her character does not demonstrate in any other sense throughout the movie. Although the household is descending into bedlam, and her lack of control became increasingly uncomfortable for the viewer, the fact she did not protest the murder felt ill placed within the broader context of the film. See more »
The music in the first half of the end credits is followed by a long period with only quiet ambient noise. The near-silence is broken when Javier Bardem's character's calligraphy is inscribed in white ink next to (and sometimes over) the remaining credits. See more »
This movie took my breath away. When the end credits began to roll, all I could think of was just how brilliant this film is! I was absolutely astonished by the level of craftsmanship on Darren Aronofsky's part, and just the sheer complexity of the writing. Aronofsky says he wrote the screenplay in six days, which just blows my mind. It is so intricate and delicately designed, that I don't know how he was able to write it in less than a week. I think it just goes to show how much of a pure genius Aronofsky is. This is a movie that is driven 100% by its story and its screenplay. Everything else, from the camera angles, to the score, to the performances, are in service to that script. So it's hard to sit here and say "Oh, well the cinematography is gorgeous" or "Jennifer Lawrence is fantastic in the film", because their purpose was not to stand out on their own. Everything they did was to enrich and drive forward this story, and that doesn't necessarily work for every film, but it absolutely works here. This film is made by the deep complexity of its metaphors and allegories, and by its social and theological analysis of our past, present, and future. Without the strength of its script, mother! would fall apart. Luckily, Aronofsky has crafted a masterful screenplay that works and plays on so many different levels...
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