Nightmare becomes reality in ‘Mother!’

by ANNIE GOLDEN//Editorial Assistant

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Having a bad dream can become a reality for some.

That’s the premise of the new movie, “Mother!,” starring Jennifer Lawrence as Veronica.

“Mother!” takes the audience on a wild roller coaster of emotions. Veronica devoted herself to a man who did not understand sacrifice, ended up with a baby who gets its neck broken by an angry mob and has a husband (Javier Bardem) who is getting flooded with fans who crave his attention.

Sex, lies, sickness, murder and a never-ending cycle of pain and mayhem are all part of this twisted film. In this mysterious drama from filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Lawrence plays the pitied, hard-working housewife. Despite her unconditional love and loyalty, her husband (Javier Bardem), a poet, fails to consider her perspective about everything. This leads to a strenuous timeline of violence and mental damage for the pregnant housewife.

The oblivious, blonde woman awakens alone in bed, while the poet struggles to produce a single word in his study. The couple has plans to conclude their home renovations and projects before having a child together, which include Lawrence finishing the house and Bardem writing his poem and having it published. Little do viewers know, their minds are about to be blown.

It almost seems like one has consumed a strong hallucinogen before watching this insane movie, with the sickening betrayal and neglect Veronica receives from her husband. In the beginning, the couple was dreaming of a family in their large, two-story home in the middle of nowhere. It was a calm, quiet setting in the middle of a field, with blue skies around the charming home. But calm was not the mood for the rest of the movie. I had been fooled by the serenity.

It first took a dark turn when an older man, secretly a dying fan who wanted to meet the poet, came to stay at a bed and breakfast, but it was actually their home. I was confused by this part, because in the scene showing where the house was located, there were no cars, or a driveway.

Then my heart starting beating faster, and I was sitting at the edge of my seat. The first crime was committed, the first person had died. The movie got insane when the first of many murders happened, as it went from peaceful to absolute chaos. The movie writer was imaginative and invested in the film’s creativity aspect.

Although the film had its sinful side, it created the feeling of attachment and romance during the softer scenes. But as the storyline went on, I kept feeling anxious and betrayed. Everything Veronica wished for and felt was dismissed. I was starting to build anger against her husband, and grew sad for the poor, pregnant wife. Little did I know, there was so much more to come.

When finding out the woman was pregnant, the couple was renewed and doing better. In fact, the poet was inspired to finally write. He wrote his story, which made everyone, including publishers and fan-girls, swoon over him. There was an obsessed crowd that quickly, violently, became a mob. I was tired of getting hit with plot twists at this point because the movie was all over the place.

Overall, it was decent and was very good at evoking emotions out of me. It was well-written, but lacked in background and specific details. Lawrence and Bardem were great actors as usual, but the plot made you despise Bardem in his roll as the husband.

I don’t recommend this film to anyone with mental disorders or to people who have recently been involved in a tragedy, as it can throw you for a loop. If going to see this, be prepared for an intense, gory and well-deserved R rating.

The film is exciting, twisted and mysterious, entailing more than you are prepared for. I recommend “Mother!” to any adult, at their own risk.

I give this movie a 6 out of 10.

6/10

 

Author: Plainsman Press Staff

The student newspaper of South Plains College.

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