The Movie: 9/10
I warned Ascully that when I watch a movie I really really really like it’s harder for me to write a review, or do the podcast to talk about it because all I want to say is for people to watch it and decide for themselves. Soooo yea….I really really really liked this movie, loved it in fact, and that means I have less to say, ironically. Is that irony? Not sure, but it sounds right. Why did I love this movie? It reached into my guts and my mind and twisted it all around a bit and then just left me feeling, thinking, and bewildered. Is that enough of a review? Probably not.
The idea of this movie is hard to hone in on, except for one thing, love is complicated. That’s what I came away with among many other ideas and interpretations. The great thing about it though is that the writer/director summed it up himself in the extras and that helped me focus more on the overall message and not so much on my emotional and brain reactions. A man and woman live in a home she’s refinishing. It’s all just a bit off, and when you see it you’ll know what I mean. It’s not reality, but that kind of ultra realistic vibe from some of those drawings and paintings you see that look sooooo good but because they are so perfect it’s not real enough.
As we go through the movie the emotional tugging and the intellectual challenge gets more intense and by the end I was exhilarated and my brain was tired, which I love. I have a lot of different views of life and religion and the universe so I appreciate exploring those in a way that’s not conventional. OK, so the movie is somewhat pretentious, or maybe a lot! I can live with that because the whole of it lit a fire in my mind and even after a few days I’m still contemplating some of the concepts, not so much the movie as a movie, but as a discussion.
Hmm is that enough for a review? I’m not sure, but it will have to do. I know, I know, if you have read more about this movie or you have seen it already you are yelling at whatever device you are reading this on and asking “What about the war in the house?” “What about how good Michelle Pfeiffer was?” “What the hell was that basement hidden room about?” “What was the yellow powder?” “What about the horrible scene with the baby?” “How can you not talk about all that??!!” My answer would be something like, “Really, you think I can sum up all that in a review?” 🙂
- Mother! The Downward Spiral (29 Minutes) – A superb behind the scenes look at the making of the film. Lots of onset footage of Aronofsky doing his thing.
- The Makeup FX Of Mother! (6 Minutes) – Adrien Morot discusses the awesome and awful makeup used.
- 4k, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: /10
I wasn’t sure about the cover before I saw the movie, it seemed a bit pretentious (which if you have read this review comes up a couple of times) but now that I have seen it and thought about I would have this as a poster, definitely.
Audio & Video: 9/10
Shot on 16mm film by long time cinematographer Matthew Libatique Mother! is chock full of texture and detail. Both 4K and standard 1080P transfers are great with the HDR of the 4K disc giving it a slight edge on the standard Blu-ray. The image is sharp and detailed and the gloomy scenes towards the end never get lost in the shadows.
The Dolby Atmos track used here is almost the star of the show. The house used in Mother! is alive with gurgles and sound from all directions. Dynamic range is perfectly level and LFE kicks in many times in the amazing last 30 minutes. Mother! is a disturbing movie and the best art house film to come from a major studio in years.
Overall Score 9/10