First, the link to the trailer.
Next, a warning: So. Many. Spoilers.
Actually, I’m just going to discuss the spoilers.
Here with go with the spoilers…
Did everyone notice how Ed Harris’s Adam had an injured rib Javier Bardem covered up in the bathroom the night before Michelle Pfeiffer as Eve arrives? Brilliant. As was the Cain and Abel storyline. I take issue with the fact that she makes Jennifer Lawrence a spiked lemonade rather than some kind of apple-oriented drink. And there was no snake, I’m pretty sure. But it’s okay.
For someone with no religious background whatsoever (except for a few weeks of church one year when I found out which church my crush went to, and a Jewish preschool experience), I was grateful to have the Biblical allusions thrown in my face by Darren Aronofsky. It was quite helpful and it took me two viewings to fully understand everything he threw in. (Who knows if I even caught all of it after that.)
The idea of God as the Poet, or the ultimate Creator, was inspired. And when Javier Bardem explains to Jennifer Lawrence that his published work means something different to everyone who’s read it was such a beautiful line that perfectly represents religious texts. It means something different to everyone, which is why there are so many denominations within religions, and different religions.
The entire Jesus storyline as it was played out in the film was the most disturbing part of Mother!, followed by the ending (since the finale was so realistic and imminent if you view it as the destruction of humankind on Earth).
What I didn’t understand was the medicine Jennifer Lawrence took before she had her baby. That was, I think, the only symbolism that went over my head both times I saw the film. (That and the idea that she wanted God to impregnate her so badly even though that caused her demise. Why was God so hesitant to give her children? Because it caused destruction before?)
Although I’m the only person I know that enjoyed the movie, I highly recommend it. It’s disturbing at times but the storyline is so good. It’s heavy-handed but the way in which Aronofsky portrays the house first as Eden, and then as the whole Earth is the product of a visionary (unless Eden is Earth, which I wouldn’t know since I haven’t had formal religious education and I didn’t Google it). The acting is well done and the allusions are so strong and fun to spot that it’s worth going to see in theaters. Just try not to freak out when Baby Jesus gets killed.
Lastly, here is a quick reminder that Earth is precious. Nature is beautiful. And the environment is a precious resource that we are squandering mindlessly. Let’s work to do better.