REVIEW – Mother!

I generally attempt to avoid talking spoilers on this blog, as every audience member deserves to see the film spoiler-free. That said, this film is very hard to discuss at all without spoilers, so there is a (clearly labelled) spoiler section towards the end of this review. Take this as a warning.

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So. I saw¬†Mother!, the latest film by the often surreal filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan). And this film, well…. it exists now, it’s out there. And we have to talk about it. But a word to the wise before we even begin – the marketing does not represent this movie at all. If you saw a trailer and thought “Hell yeah, I’d watch a Jennifer Lawrence horror/thriller”, this probably isn’t the movie for you. This is a bizarre drug trip of the sort that would disorientate even Keith Richards.

I’ve seen a lot of movies over the years, but this may well be the most surreal film I’ve seen – at least the most surreal English language film.

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REVIEW – Split

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M. Night Shyamalan. Once he was one of Hollywood’s most exciting new directors. With thrillers like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs under his belt, the media was falling over itself to announce Shyamalan as the heir apparent to Steven Spielberg. But then, well, you know the history. A bunch of duds and a Last Airbender adaptation that is widely viewed as the worst film of the 21st century later, Shyamalan had become a punchline – a joke that was always there for writers of Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show.

Split has been billed as Shyamalan’s comeback film, and you know what, it isn’t half bad. It would not have the warm reception that it did had anyone else directed it, but it’s still far from a bad movie.

(Please note: I won’t spoil the customary Shyamalan twist in this review, and I’d appreciate if anyone choosing to use the comment section also follow this, in case someone hasn’t seen the film yet).

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