In-Depth Analysis of Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

11 Responses

  1. Jeff says:

    Great analysis. It was too hard to make sense of while watching, mainly bc like you said there were multiple different allegories that confused me (mother mary or Mother Natureet). I’ve actually enjoyed finding meaning in it after watching it more than watching it. I will say this about it, what I thought was cool was his depiction of a god that needed to create. He somewhat went into the mind of this omnipotent being to show how he would have the need for such chaos, pain, etc to fuel his purpose to create. He’s anthropomorphizing god, which is what Christianity does, and showing a vulnerability that’s is reflected in humans. Like the hole that needs to be filled to be given purpose just like he fills the hole in humans when he created them. It’s in his reflection and in that they have this vulnerability. Like one big cesspool of needy beings. Aside from that, it was just not fun to watch it was almost silly how the people kept coming and coming at certain times, the war zone was so over the top, it wasn’t an awful movie and I appreciate the thought out into it but it was just not that interesting to watch.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I was interested in the depiction of Bardem as God until it was obvious that it was obviously a stand-in for Aronofsky himself. After that, the movie just came pretentious to me.

  2. Tricia says:

    Yeah…this is a lot of vomit. Without getting too lengthy into psycho-analysis, it troubles me when artists as well as those who are dedicated to a specific discipline, share with the rest of us and forget that we are not all of like mind or practice. Due to my open and compassionate character, I want to be able to support them through having some comprehension of what is being conveyed. But when it is presented in such a fashion which doesn’t help in the making of a guesstimate at best(personally speaking), the probability of an exploratory visit of other works is low.

  3. Aimer Boyz says:

    Great review, thanks. Think I’ll sit this one out 🙂

  4. Bryan Caron says:

    Great interpretation, Nick! As I say in my own review, I wasn’t sure what to make of the film… on one level I enjoyed it for the insanity and the interpretiveness of it all, on the other, it was a mess that didn’t make a lick of sense. This voices that conflict pretty well!

    • Nick Kush says:

      I was there with you too. When you take a step back and look at it, you need to give the film some credit for trying something different considering we get so much generic crap at the movies these days. However, when you have something as mean spirited and discombobulated as mother!, you can’t really recommend the film on any other level besides its inventiveness.

  5. notdonner says:

    Thanks Nick. I was not planning to see this odd movie. At the movie yesterday “IT”. one of the trailers was Mother. I did not really understand it and was disappointed that movies with generally good actors turn out to be turkeys…

    • Nick Kush says:

      No problem! It’s a bizarre movie that a select few of people will love but a lot of people will end up hating.

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