Mother!

Mother!

Summary

There were precious few movies in 2017 I was more excited for than Mother! Probably in part because the incredible winning streak Darren Aronofsky was on in my memory (Requiem for a Dream! The Wrestler! Black Swan!) omitted Noah and The Fountain. Even if I had remembered Noah, though, there are few prospects more appealing than a horror movie from the director of Black Swan. Thing is, despite the studio giving it a throwbacky Grindhouse-style trailer, it's not a horror movie. Or, if it is, it's a wholly unsuccessful one. It's moderately more successful as a grand allegorical think piece slathered with a thick dollop of violence. It's most successful on purely technical terms, but that's hardly enough to carry it. I've thought a lot about Mother! in the weeks since I saw it, and I still don't think I liked it, but, hey, that's something.