If I thought last week’s Twin Peaks series review was hard, I now have to try and explain mother!, a film that is drawing both massive amounts of praise and hate from critics and the public alike. Personally I really enjoyed mother! and I will admit I walked into the cinema not really caring. To properly explain my thoughts this will start off spoiler free, then I will give fair warning before I give some of the plot away. I know not everyone will love this film but it needs to be seen.
The basic story to mother! is quite simple really, a loving couple (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) are rebuilding the man’s home, out in the middle of nowhere. He is a poet/writer working on his next piece while she cooks, cleans and decorates the house happily. All this changes when a strange man arrives at their front door one night. The 4 main actors/actresses were outstanding, even though Harris and Pfeiffer's roles weren’t as big as first thought they were necessary to push the plot along.
*SPOILER ALERT* skip the next paragraph if you’ve not yet seen mother!
While the plot above does take place, the true story to the film is a quickened and very clipped take on the bible. Javier’s poet is God, Jennifer is Mother Nature, Ed Harris is Adam and Michelle Pfeiffer is Eve. I figured this out by the end of the first act but it wasn’t truly confirmed in my mind until the third. Cain and Abel are mentioned, the flood that engulfs the world gets a mention. And of course where God’s message of peace and love is twisted by his followers and violence follows, that 3rd act is just a visual orgy that is as awesome as it is confusing.
The one location used is truly stunning, the house is massive and beautiful as is the field in a forest that it is in. Nowhere else is ever seen despite the fact there is mentions of outside places and people.
There is small a amounts of gore but not enough to warrant mentioning really, but the thing that annoyed me slightly was the soundtrack, I can’t remember it at all, was there a score? Any music during the scenes? I can’t remember, which is a bit of a let down but at the same time is a massive kudos to the director for creating such an entrancing film, so that’s a minor points deduction.
All in all, forget what the negative critics are saying about mother! and go see it, it’s definitely worth the price of admission, just remember to come back and check my spoiler section to see if you picked it also, before you head back to see it again, once is not enough to catch all the little details, Mags and I surprised ourselves with all the things that slipped past us.