Gilbert Speaks on “Mother!”

19 Jul

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I love horror films and horror dramas, but I never expected Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” to keep me up all night. How much should we love? Meet me after the jump.

Mother!

I always enjoy a film that has a surprise ending, but “Mother!” which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Barden, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer, had one hell of an unexpected ending, but did it make it to Granny’s Insomnia Theatre? Find out at the end of the post.

The story starts with Mother (Jennifer Lawrence) waking up to an empty bed. Her husband, Him (Javier Bardem), is a writer who is suffering from a severe case of writer’s block. Maybe Him is stuck because of the house fire that claimed his first wife, or maybe his creativity has run its course. He has remarried, but his new wife is much younger than he is. In the credits the characters are only identified as Mother and Him. While mother puts the finishing touches of paint and plaster on the home that had previously burnt to the ground, Him plays at writing, but most of the time he is admiring the brilliant crystal found in the ashes of fire. The house although huge and comfy sits in isolation with nothing resembling civilization for miles and miles.

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Right off you get the feeling that Him takes more than he gives. While Mother dotes on him, Him stays distant, cool, and mysterious. The quiet setting of the home, and the marriage is soon disrupted by a knock of the door. Him welcomes the stranger (Ed Harris) into the home and invites the man who claims to be a doctor to stay as long as he wants. Mother is upset that she wasn’t even consulted about the decision. Mother suffers from bad headaches and drinks some strange golden elixir to calm down…but her problems are just beginning. It isn’t long before the wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) shows up and takes over the home. Him spends all his time with the intrusive couple while Mother tries to keep her sanity. We learn through hints and innuendos that Mother is childless because Him can’t get it up. After a series of unfortunate events, Him and Mother do consummate the marriage and she gets pregnant…then the real nightmare begins.

Conclusion

How do you deal with a person who demands your all? Javier Bardem’s character was all self-involved, and never reciprocated the love given to him by Mother. This film shows what happens when we give the last ounce of who we are to a ravenous creature. Mother’s joy of carrying a child soon turns to horror when man (Harris) and woman (Pfeiffer) return to the home after the older brother murdered their youngest son. Soon, the house is filled with guests who adore and worship Him.

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The ending is upsetting…much more so after Mother gives birth to a son. At first, I thought the film was playing off a religious theme about the relationship between God and Mary. After all, aren’t we taught in church that God demands our complete devotion? Did Jennifer Lawrence’s character mirror the biblical Mary who agreed to carry the Christ not knowing the child’s fate? As I said at the beginning, this movie kept me up all night. I could not wrap my mind around its message. Maybe, there was no message. Maybe it was just about the selfish egotistical man who sucked the life from his wife until there was nothing left to give only to begin the whole cycle again with another unsuspecting woman.

Although Granny only gives this film a two star rating, I will include it in my Insomnia Theatre Collection because it accomplished what it set out to do…haunt us.

2 Responses to “Gilbert Speaks on “Mother!””

  1. reresramblings July 19, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

    Omg, this movie had horrible ending! I won’t watch it again couldn’t handle it!

    • gilbertspeaks July 19, 2018 at 10:46 pm #

      Yes, I was not expecting the scene with the newborn. It shook me up too

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