Mother! DVD Reviewed By Clayton Barnett

The Premise
A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

The Review
Maverick American director Darren Aronofsky delivers one mind-bending mother of a movie that will definitely split audiences.

There will be two types of attendees:

A) Faithful Aronofskians, who thought Noah was great and are already talking Oscar potential for Darren’s seventh feature.

B) Joe public who might be tossing up between horrors IT and what looks like a Rosemary’s Baby remake with a decent cast.

a) will celebrate this and b) might consider walking out. Hell I’m a bit of both; I’ve LOVED most of Aronofsky’s work but near the end of Mother! my patience was severely tested.

Don’t get me wrong, Mother! is a feast for the senses. The horrificly good sound design alone should give Dunkirk a run for its money at the Oscars – I was startled far too often by sounds in the far corners of the theatre.

Visually it’s a treat too, with Aronosfky’s regular DoP Matthew Libatique shooting in 16mm for a dizzyingly immediate effect. The swirling tracking shots are truly unsettling especially in the claustrophobic crescendo of a finale.

And boy do we get a fantastic central performance from Jennifer Lawrence. There are so many scenes where you relate to her frustrations – party guests who won’t listen, snide little comments from know-it-alls – you can lock in a fifth Oscar nomination.

I get that it’s meant to be a dark fairytale - with Aronofsky’s script tapping into all sorts of thought-provoking layers on relationships and religion – but in the end it’s trying to say too much and it’s gets a bit overwhelming.

The Verdict
Some might find Aronofsky’s latest a bit draining, but if you like your mind to be messed with settle in for a very artistic and very dark fairytale.

The Trailer


The Info
DVD Releases: 17th January 2018
Rating: R18 – Contains Violence, horror, cruelty, offensive language & content that may disturb
Duration: 121 minutes 
Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Domhnall Gleeson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris & Javier Bardem
Director: Darren Aronofsky (The Black Swan)

The Extras
Michelle Pfeiffer admitted to not understanding the script the first time she read it, describing it as "esoteric." However, the actress committed to the project after becoming excited by the character she would be playing.

Jennifer Lawrence dropped out of The Rosie Project in order to work with Darren Aronofsky on this movie.

Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky started dating during the production of this film.

First film by Darren Aronofsky not to star Mark Margolis. Margolis has starred in every one of his films since his career start with Pi (1998).

First Darren Aronofsky movie not scored by Clint Mansell.

Paramount canceled the upcoming Friday the 13th film in order to move ahead with this film.

Is rumored to be loosely-inspired by Rosemary's Baby.