A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Based on the chatter on the internet, I see Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! as a fairly polarizing film. I’ve seen some people who feel like it’s the best movie of 2017, while I see others claim it to be one of the worst movies ever made. It makes sense, as some people just can’t deal with a slow-building movie. Some genre fans expect to go into movies seeing only nonstop action and gore, and I mean, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy quick paced blood and gore soaked movies as much as the next guy, but I am a huge fan of a slow-burning story with most of the payoff saved for the end of the movie.
Where Mother! excels is mostly in the tense buildup. Even when nothing much is happening, there’s always a sense of dread. This movie made me feel uncomfortable from the start. It’s a talent to be able to make seemingly benign moments in a movie seem intense, and make the viewer feel icky. Darren Aronofsky has managed to do this with most of his body of work. It also doesn’t hurt to have two amazing actors in Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. As the story progresses, things become more and more insane, all the while the two main characters become noticeably erratic and unhinged. I can’t speak much of the plot without spoiling it for you, but I will say that if you love movies like House of the Devil, you’ll likely enjoy this one as well. I strongly recommend Mother! and I loved every minute of it. It would easily land a place on my list of favorite film of 2017.
Paramount’s Blu-ray release of Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! features a crystal clear AVC-encoded 1080p transfer presented in 2.39:1, and several audio tracks to choose from. The obvious choice would be the Dolby Atmos track, if your home theater can support it. Also available is a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track, Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Also included is another English track, presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. As far as extras go, this release is a little disapointing. A full listing is below, but I’ll let you know, it’s basically two featurettes, and nothing more. Maybe we’ll get another release at some point with more behind the scenes stuff, but for now, this is as good as it gets, and this movie is well worth a double dip, if that day ever comes. Mother! is highly recommended. You can purchase a copy of your own by clicking here.
- Feature film in high definition
- Bonus Content:
- mother! The Downward Spiral
- The Makeup FX of mother!