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.
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.