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Film Review – mother! (2017)

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers no nonsense reviews that are meant to educate as well as entertain.

10 Responses

  1. 2singlemums says:

    Thank you for this. I’ve been asking after this title after seeing a large portrait of Mother by King’s Cross Station which apparently (if I’d have had data) made the picture move. I’m now even more intrigued!

    • Nick Kush says:

      Hmmm that’s fascinating! This movie certainly isn’t for everyone, but if you enjoy metaphors and allegories as the main driver of the story than you might enjoy yourself!

  2. Billy Joe says:

    Just saw this film and enjoy such symbolic artworks that are more interpretive rather than depicting a physical “reality”. Many viewers seem to prefer some fictional reality but perhaps a film like “mother!” might reflect a deeper reality. There can be lots of interpretations within this film reflecting nature, culture, society and related institutions but I like to see it largely as representing “mankinds” curse to repeatedly misunderstand and objectify “love” and the resulting damage to ourselves and others from a dark self-centered “love of self” rather than finding the higher understanding, compassionate, nurturing love that “IS LOVE”. The film portrays “man’s” careless failure to evolve and grow to a higher state of mind, remaining ignorant and unable or unwilling to choose a brighter path (to paradise?) “real love” can offer. Too often we fail to live up to the humanistic ideals we claim to hold in highest esteem. I compare this to David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive which I believe explores something similar from a different artistic perspective. Films like this can be viewed multiple times to appreciate. I will add that for me, the “confusion” is very much a part of the experience since I tend to interpret the film as suggesting “we” as humans are often confused about how to truly love both ourselves and others. Anger, war, hate, greed, violence, destruction and such are all the miserable undesirable result and perhaps a form of self-destruction both individually and collectively.OgT

    • Nick Kush says:

      I totally understand where you’re coming from, but I still feel like all those metaphors and allegories cancel each other in some instances. I really enjoy cerebral, symbolic movies. In fact, Denis Villenueve’s Enemy was a favorite of mine. Comparing that film to this film, I feel like that film’s symbolic gestures make a ton more sense when you study it. However, in mother!’s case, it felt like a bunch of ideas thrown against the wall that don’t add up to a cohesive thought. Sure there’s ideas that the film discusses, but I can’t say that it focused on any of them, leaving me with nothing to feel as I left the theater.

  3. It’s hard to talk about this movie without spoilers, lol. Anyway, why are movies so damn blurry lately? Am I slowly losing my eyesight or is this a thing now?

    • Nick Kush says:

      I think this was a deliberate choice by Aronofsky in this case. As for the purpose of it, it probably holds some pretentious, metaphorical discussion of the blurriness of the world or something else that sounds dumb lol.

  4. Yeah, when I saw the trailers for this film, I was very curious to know what the heck is this film actually about, but not curious enough to actually want to see the film. Does that make sense? After your review, I feel this is a film that I’ll probably be scratching my head about afterwards!

    I just notice how you put hyperlinks to other reviews based on key words and phrases in your reviews; that’s quite clever! I assume it’s like if a certain key phrase reminds you of another movie or is showcased well in another movie, then you hyperlink it to that review?

    • Nick Kush says:

      Yup! That’s exactly how I do it! I read through it once just to proofread and clean up any sentences then after that I hyperlink to other content.

  5. raistlin0903 says:

    Hmm…not sure what to make of this one then, but I guess I’m going to skip seeing this in the theatres and wait for the dvd release. Off topic: Saw Wind River this morning, truly a terrific film 😀

    • Nick Kush says:

      I’m glad you liked it! The more I think about that one the more I really, really like it. I originally gave it an A- but I might have to revise that to an A sometime soon!

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