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Mother: Intense, Not “Mixed”



Dir. Darren Aronofsky

Mother! is about the relationship of a couple, played by Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, that, as IMDb puts it without spoiling it, “(gets) tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.”

If you were to take director Darren Aronofsky’s words about it, you’d too believe “it’s a recipe (he) won’t ever be able to reproduce… this serving is best drunk as a single dose in a shot glass.”

If you were to take my friends’ words about the movie––by the way, none of them have watched the movie, only heard stuff––you’d come home feeling, “yeah, they must be right: it’s got mixed reviews.”

Whereas, if you look for yourself before deciding to watch it or not, you will find that these reviews are not mixed: as in it’s not like, say, some reviewers thought it was a 3 on 5, some 4 on 5, some 1 on 5, but more along the lines of strongly felt conclusion where it’s either a low or a high 5.

Were these reviews “mixed,” I would have picked my friends’ hint (“avoid, unless you can’t”), but since these weren’t, I decided to persuade one of them to join me, and she did. When we walked out of the theatre, we were beaming with joy: we had finally found a movie we both liked, a movie that wore ideas we share.

I am resisting my temptation to spoil it for you, but I will not. Don’t talk to anyone about it, just go watch it, for if you’re really lucky, it should still be playing in the theaters.

And when you watch it, notice how it doesn’t have a single character named and works just fine. Writers among us should aspire to create something intense and smart like that, so intense you don’t realize you missed the names until you’ve walked out and talked to a friend, tried to explain them a character’s motive, without getting around their name.

~ Hardik Yadav