Darren Aronofsky doesn’t make Vanilla movies. We all know that. He’s a superb filmmaker, and a challenging one. Some people like the challenge; some people don’t. If you’re into seeing an Amy Schumer flick, by all means, enjoy. But if you’re looking for something completely different, you should seek out his films. All of them are an interesting watch. I really liked Noah a lot - I think I’m in the deep minority on that one. Black Swan, Pi, that drug movie — all of them are pretty darn interesting. But nothing will really prepare you for Mother!
I’m not going to spoil the viewing experience for you. Once you see it, listen to the podcast. We do a very deep dive on this one, because the film deserves it. I know you’ve heard the vitriol spewed at this film (and Aronofsky even “apologized” for it, which was a mistake imho). It’s there for one very specific scene in the movie. It’s a scene you will see, and you will feel something. No doubt. But, hopefully, by the time that scene plays, you’ll have figured out the playing field that this film hangs in. You’re watching something very different - and if you’re a fan of cinema, you’ll appreciate it. You might not like some of what you see; but a challenging, top-flight filmmaker has carte blanche to freak you out. I want that. I demand it. He delivered it. Again, you might not like it - but take the medicine, discuss afterwards and think about it some more.
The film is a modern classic. One film that I will come back to every now and then and watch. Not for everybody. But for me, it was an experience. A masterpiece.