mother!: is a metaphor driven movie following the drama resulting from unwelcomed guests (Ed Harris & Michelle Pfeifer) at a couple's newly refurbished home (Jennifer Lawrence & Javier Bardem).
Critical Review: mother! is a very unique, artistic, and daring film. Every inch of the frame was carefully put together allowing for a story that makes you think. It's meaning is as deep as the source material it's cleverly referencing. The acting is fantastic, the cinematography is amazingly (and sometimes frustratingly) claustrophobic, and the sound design really stands out. However, the abstract metaphors seem to go to far and dark muddling the message while the film never lets the audience take a breath from the confusing tension.
Entertainment Value: I'll admit that I did not get the metaphors given at first. I let my guesses as to what it meant cloud my judgement. Both my girlfriend and I were confused for a majority of the film which caused for a very frustrating viewing (which based off many reviews, especially by casual filmgoers, is the case for most). Once we caught on to the message it allowed me to appreciate how carefully crafted and clever the film was. However, this doesn't take away from the frustrating and dark experience. It delves so deep into the abstract that a normal arc is overlooked, the runtime goes a little too long, and some of the imagery goes a little too far. Creating for what is sometimes a confusing mess . With that said, now that I understand the film, I may enjoy it a lot more on a second viewing (which may or may not ever happen lol.)
Similar Film: To be honest, it's very unique. First time I've been stumped.
road to 52
I'm a guy that really loves movies and I've set a goal to try and see 52 different films in a year. I've decided to share that journey and my 100% correct opinion on the films I see with the couple people who might read this.
Previous Years Stats -
2014 - 50 (61 With Repeats)
2015 - 51 (62 With Repeats)
2016 - 50 (58 With Repeats)
*Also, fun fact, I am not a writer nor do I strive to be one. There will be garmmatical errors in this blog :).
2017 top 10 (So far...)
2. Baby Driver
3. War of The Planet of The Apes
4. Wonder Woman
5. Guardians Vol. 2
6. Spider-Man Homecoming
7. King Arthur Legend of The Sword
8. Get Out
9. Beauty & The Beast
I don't think giving one score to a film is fair. There's a lot of aspects that go into making a film. Some are made as an art form trying to convey a message, others are simply entertainment, and some attempt to be both, So I want to answer the main questions that any kind of filmgoer would want to hear in a friendly conversation. My reviews are meant to be simple, quick, and very informal :).
The Synopsis: Duh
Critical Review: How well made is the film from an artistic, technical, and critical perspective?
Entertainment Value: Will I have a good time, enjoy myself, or get some form of emotional investment whether it's sad, excited, happy, scared..etc. A film can be very well made, but is it actually entertaining. Also, did it grip me enough to want to watch it again or even multiple times?
Similar Film: Sometimes it's just easy to tell someone - if you enjoy these films you'll probably enjoy this one as well.