mother! movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This exceedingly disturbing, difficult to watch and psychological horror-thriller may definitely leave some with nightmares. It’s well-paced and very twisted, with an excellent performance from Jennifer Lawrence.


A poet and his wife’s love and lives turn when uninvited guests begin to enter their home and shocking event start to unfold.

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Movie details

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer
Writer: Darren Aronofsky
Release Date (Australia): 14 December 2017
Runtime: 121 minutes/2h 1m
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film features strong themes in the form of disturbing scenes, including graphic depictions of assault, murder, cannibalism and a woman setting herself on fire.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features depictions of shootings that are accompanied by large blood spatters, depictions of stabbings and a scene in which a woman is stripped and beaten.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film includes infrequent use of the words “c**t” and “f**k”.

Nudity (M)

A woman’s breasts are briefly depicted as she is assaulted.

Sex (M)

The film includes infrequent brief sex scenes and use of the word “f**k” in a sexual context.

mpaa rating

R (for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! is an extremely disturbing and immensely frustrating experience that’s hidden in the unfindable location of those vastly rare psychological gems. This nightmare of a movie is well-constructed, horrifying, infuriating, deep and provides 120 minutes of this unforgettable living hell.

Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in this movie is breathtakingly realistic. She executes a character, a wife, a new mother who adults and older teens will deeply root for. On the side of the antagonists, who takes up at least 95% of characters over protagonist, there’s frustratingly superb performances by Javier Bardem and every single person throughout the horrifically crowded house. There’s also this psychological effect throughout the entire movie as a result of the direction of the camera zooming in on characters experiencing high levels of distress and focusing on a furious anger and sadness.

Mother! also remains at an extremely moving pace through the entire plot leading to the disturbing, horrific and emotionally intense finale. Darren Aronofsky certainly knows how to disturb you, as he did with Black Swan. It’s a certain style of motion that viewers will either adore or significantly hate, but should be avoided at all costs by the faint-hearted viewers. It’s hard to not engage with this psychologically thrilling form of beauty. It’s an experience.

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