Though mother! won’t see a release to the general public until mid-September, some have already been lucky enough to get an early viewing of Darren Aronofsky’s latest film. You might expect the first word about the film to come from other directors, actors, or writers, but it’s actually famous chef, author, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain who has offered one of the earliest verdicts on the movie. Bourdain describes the viewing experience as "dark" "brilliant" and "upsetting." By the sound of that, mother! will fit right in with Aronofsky’s previous work.
Aronofsky’s films often tackle harrowing or distirbing narratives, such as what is arguably his magnum opus, Requiem for a Dream, and its examination of four people whose lives spiral into misery thanks to unattainable dreams mixed with their drug addictions. Topics such as drug dependency and mental issues are common themes across Aronofsky’s films, and have led to his work being strong contenders come award season as with The Wrestler and Black Swan. Aronofsky has worked with big names in the past, such as Jared Leto in Requiem for a Dream, Natalie Portman in Black Swan, and Russell Crowe in Noah, but mother! could be his most star-studded film to date.
Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem star in the film about a couple whose lives are interrupted once Bardem’s character begins welcoming strangers into their home. This seemingly benign and friendly act creates chaos, as Lawrence's character realizes her partner has a strange, hidden connection to their guests, and that the boarders are looking for more than just a place to stay. The trailers tease at dark secrets, creepy discoveries, and a journey that will test the mental fortitude of Lawrence’s character.
Just saw Aronofsky's MOTHER . It is dark, dark, dark, brilliant and will upset the fuck out of people . A good poke in eye to convention
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) August 31, 2017
Lawrence is as well known for her roles as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and as Mystique in the X-Men movies, as she is for her more dramatic, award-winning roles. And of course the creepiness that Bardem can bring is well recognized thanks to his role as Anton Chigurh in the Best Picture-winning No Country for Old Men, as well as his more recent work like the undead pirate Captain Salazar in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris, and Kristen Wiig will also be part of the movie's cast.
If what Bourdain says is true, it certainly looks like fans of horror films will have an enjoyable September. Between the remake of Stephen King’s It and now the psychological horror that Aronofsky’s mother! apparently offers, movie goers should have some dark and unsettling films to check out heading into the Halloween season.
Source: Anthony Bourdain
- mother! (2017) release date: Sep 15, 2017