If you consider the proverb “Necessity is the mother of invention,” you may be best able to understand what filmmaker Darren Aronofsky is trying to do with his new film, “Mother!”
It will help you understand why he believes the exclamation point is necessary and why he felt it was necessary to make an art-house film that’s an allegory for what he sees as a dying world.
The supposed synopsis: A couple (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) are living a tranquil existence in an isolated country estate that she is restoring while her husband, a poet with some past fame, attempts to overcome his writer’s block.
Then strangers start showing up, and things change.
But think about it this way: They are alone in what seems to be a paradise (Adam and Eve?) that the woman (Mother Nature?) is building, and their home is the Earth, a healthy and happy place until people overpopulate it and recklessly waste its resources.
Of course, there’s also this: Is any of this really happening? Is this the mental breakdown of a woman who wants to have a child? Is it something else?
Some elements are widely open to interpretation, while others are as subtle as a sledgehammer.
It’s a heady mix of art meets political activism. It’s also more frequently fascinatingly uncomfortable than it is entertaining.
“Mother!” is a weird, wild and wickedly creative nightmare — think of “Rosemary’s Baby” meets “The Shining” to have a feel for the tone — as well as being an epic story told on a small scale and in a disturbing manner.
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