If you've heard any one thing about Darren Aronofsky's latest film, Mother!, it's probably "WTF." The horror film, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, has been getting mixed reviews, but the one thing that people seem to agree on is that the movie pushes you way past your comfort levels. Jennifer Lawrence was feeling that push when she first saw the film, and while her initial reaction was that they had taken it too far, she admits that that's the point of the film.
I was really shaken. My first reaction [to seeing the film] was that we took it too far. But then after the images died down a little bit, [the movie's] exactly what we're supposed to be doing and what we need to be doing. We have a message and if we watered it down to make people comfortable then what's the point? Why even make it?
Mother! recently screened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City where Darren Aronofsky, Jennifer Lawrence, and Javier Bardem were on hand to literally apologize for what everyone was about to see (via Variety). Some really wicked stuff goes down in Mother! and Lawrence admitted that she thought they had gone too far after she first saw the film. However, after some time to digest, she realized going too far was exactly what they had to do. There's little point in watering down something like Mother! just so people would be more comfortable.
Jennifer Lawrence certainly makes a valid point. Mother! was never supposed to be an easy horror movie, and while people no doubt have differing thoughts on certain scenes, the film will likely be a topic of conversation for some time. Darren Aronofsky essentially took one emotion and made it into a movie, and what that emotion is is up to the viewer to figure out. I think it's safe to say that Aronofsky and his team have certainly achieved their goal.
Mother! follows a wife and her struggling poet husband who live alone in an isolated house. When two visitors (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive unexpectedly, their whole world gets thrown upside down. That logline doesn't do much to sell the total "WTF" that is the movie, but to understand why people are having such reactions to it, you'll just have to see it for yourself.
Mother! is currently out in theaters right now, so if you think you've got the stomach for it, give the film a shot. For more movie news make sure to keep it right here at CinemaBlend. Curious about what other movies have yet to release this year? Then pay a visit to our 2017 movie release guide for everything 2017 still has left to offer.