Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Atomic Blonde Is One Of 2017s Most Explosive Films

With Atomic Blonde, John Wick has finally found his action movie rival, a blonde Spy.

2017 has been a strong and powerful year for women in regards to be immortalized on film. With Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman becoming the biggest movie of the summer and surpassing expectations both financially and critically, audiences receive another dose of a lead female character kicking ass, except this time it's not a comic book origin story but more within the realm of being a John Wick and James Bond type of female action heroine. While there have been strong female action heroine characters done before such as Sarah Connor from the Terminator series or Ellen Ripley from Aliens, it's rare to find female action heroine character driven films that have been done that actually turn out to be genuinely good. Atomic Blonde was not the box office smash Wonder Woman was this past year, but it left a notable impression with critics and audiences. Atomic Blonde is the female equivalent to John Wick and Daniel Craig's James Bond, being every bit as exciting, action-packed, stylish, and hip with a strong cast, appealing soundtrack, and a female character that's both sexy and engaging to watch. Atomic Blonde is further proof that Charlize Theron is one of Hollywood's greatest action movie heroines.


      Charlize Theron has proven herself to be quite an actress with her Oscar winning turn as the female serial killer in Patty Jenkins directed Monster, and delivering a strong female action heroine presence in the box office flop and critical dud Aeon Flux based on the popular MTV liquid television series. While that film didn't capture the randomness or high level energy of the TV show, Theron proved that she has what it takes to be a female action star. Her performance in Mad Max:Fury Road further cemented the belief that she is Hollywood's go to actress for making female action films such as Atomic Blonde, with her performance in Fate Of The Furious as the films antagonist also proving she has it. Atomic Blonde is done in the same style as Keanu Reeves John Wick films with high-octane action with insane choreography and brilliant Cinematography. Theron's character feels as if she's a cross between John Wick, Daniel Craig's Bourne, and a touch of Matt Damon's Jason Bourne. Atomic Blondes plot centers around an undercover MI6 agent being sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents. The storyline for the film is not creative in the sense that it borrows heavily from familiar plots within the Spy genre, however it is Theron's appealing and striking character that makes the film exciting to watch for audiences. It is the stylish action sequences and Theron's magnetic presence that make the film what it is, while making up for the rather generic plot. 

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      As a female centric Spy thriller, Atomic Blonde isn't perfect but makes the most of it's plot with it's appealing star, fast-pacing, and strong performances from it's supporting cast which also includes X-Men's James McAvoy whose excellent as usual, John Goodman, and Sofia Boutella. The films Cinematography is also among the films high points with the films coloring, particularly the club scenes and the blue lighting used in the earliest scenes with Theron's character rising out of the tub, is perfect as it sets the appropriate mood and tone for the story. The films soundtrack is terrific and also adds to the high energy of the film, making it fit right in line with the 1980's setting of the film taking place within the Cold War. As far as the films action goes, it's much stronger than the plot that holds the whole film together, putting it on par with the action seen in both John Wick movies. The big staircase fight sequence between Theron's character and a set of baddies is the most impressive hand to hand combat sequence in the entire film as it runs long but never becomes boring as the audience can't take their eyes off what's being shown. As far as technical aspects, the film is impeccable and looks great as an action movie and Spy thriller. The style of the film is appealing with the absurdity of the action and plot making it quite numerous at times. The main issue with the film's plot is how hard it tries to be clever and twisty, it's noble that the filmmakers try to make the story more original despite the fact that the stories cliche's and turns have all been done before in other Spy films.

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        To put it bluntly, Atomic Blonde is nothing special outside of being a standard Spy genre buildup with its plot, but it's main female character elevates it to being something the audience can find excitement in watching. Theron is simply awesome here and does a great job making the audience believe that she's a Spy while finding her desirable both as an action star and in regards to her sex appeal. Theron's acting and the film's impressive action and fight sequences make Atomic Blonde a worthy installment in the Spy genre while opening more doors for female actresses to take on the popular genre with different roles. Atomic Blonde is an action film first and foremost, and no one should go into watching it for anything else, but to watch a badass female protagonist played by the highly talented Charlize Theron delivering crushing bones and faces in fights that require long takes but are stunning to watch. With Atomic Blonde, Theron is proof that a female can step into the shoes of a James Bond type character and create a worthy rival, that's equally cold-as-ice while being an figure of lustfulness to love interests who come around them. Atomic Blonde is one of the better action and Spy flicks of 2017 as it rides off the performance of its main female star who proves that she's more than capable of having an action movie franchise other own in the same vein as James Bond and John Wick. For Charlize Theron's masterful performance alone, Atomic Blonde is a must see.

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle Is Reasonable Fun But Never Tops What Came Before

The 2017 movie season has brought forth sequels that either lived up to the first films and far exceeded expectations such as John Wick ll, Guardians Of The Galaxy ll, Annabelle: Creation, Logan, War For The Planet Of The Apes, and Blade Runner 2049 in terms of being up to par quality wise, with the year also bringing forth sequels that largely disappointed audiences such as Transformers: The Last Knight, 50 Shades Darker, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Alien Covenant. With the fall season of 2017 turning into winter, several sequels are lined up to be promising in terms of delivering on their expectations such as Thor: Ragnarok, and The Last Jedi. In between the high profile sequels, are the smaller ones that didn't necessarily flop with audiences, but left them a bit disappointed in feeling that specific sequel could've been done better despite it being entertaining. For Blade Runner 2049, that film far exceeded anyone's expectations of it being good despite it's three hour running time harming it's box office chances. In the case of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the Matthew Vaughn directed sequel to the 2015 surprise hit is every bit as over the top and flat out ridiculous as the original in terms of being the satire of the James Bond series, but somewhere along the line it fails to live up to the awesomeness of the first Kingsman film.

  

      The first Kingsman, which was also directed by X-Men: First Class filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, was not only funny and over-the-top, but action-packed and had a genuine sense of thrill the current James Bond set of films has been missing as they've taken a darker and more serious tone in a similar style to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. The first Kingsman worked so well in terms of satisfying audiences, because it was self-aware of the type of film it wanted to be and never tried to be anything more than what it was. The first film was over-the top in regards to it's action, it's story, and it's level of comedy, but at the heart of all that, it possessed a creative spark that meshed it all together so beautifully while showing audiences that Spy films can very much be fun again. Kingsman was stylish, subversive, but above all else, it was fun most importantly. Three years after the release of the first Kingsman, Matthew Vaughn attempts to outdo the first Kingsman by giving audiences more of what they loved about the first film, even going to the extreme with the stylish and fun aspect of the story. There's no question that The Golden Circle feels like a true continuation of the first movie as it maintains the consistency of that films story, its that the sequel insists on throwing so much absurdity at the audience in hopes that they will be impressed enough to say that more means better when it actually says it's less effective this time. The fun aspect of the story is there along with the actors all delivering solid performances which also shows they're having much fun with the films concept. The problem with The Golden Circle is not that it doesn't have the talent behind it to make it an awesome sequel. its that it doesn't feel as fresh nor have the creative spark of the first film.


       The plot for Kingsman: The Golden Circle centers around the Kingsman headquarters being destroyed with the world becoming hostage. The group soon uncovers an allied spy organization in the U.S with the two elite secret organizations must join together to fight a common enemy. On paper, the sequel to Kingsman sounds much more epic than the first movie and involved plot wise, but somehow the overall execution comes up short of he first film's quality. Perhaps the lack of freshness can be attributed to the sequel being less strong despite the performances from the main cast being among the film's strong points. Taron Egerton does a fine job continuing the role of Eggsy from where audiences left him in the forest movie. In this one he feels very much like he molded into the Spy Colin Forth tailored him to be in the previous film. For anyone who watched the trailers going into this movie, its no secretive plot twist that Firths character is alive in the sequel after surviving the church scene from the first movie, but the film loses its biggest surprise twist in a questionable and ultimately poor marketing strategy. Mark Strong delivers a strong performance reprising the same role from the first film along with Hanna Alstrom as Princess Tilde, Sophie Cookson as Roxy, and Julianne Moore as the film's main antagonist Poppy. Although his character isn't present in the sequel due to his characters fate in the first one, audiences do feel Samuel L. Jackson's absence in this movie despite Moore proving to be a worthy successor at being the main antagonist of the story. The film's newer additions to the cast such as Halle Berry Ginger, Channing Tatum as Tequilla, Jeff Bridges as Champ, and Elton John as Elton John all prove to be fun additions to an already effective and appealing cast.

       It's not a question that the films cast had something to do with the movies shortcomings as they all did great, it's the film itself that is somewhat of a mess as it runs longer than it needs to be at 142 minutes of running time. On top of the film's overlong length, the film feels like it overdoses in terms of being sillier than the first movie, particularly with character names such as Tequilla and Ginger, and a ridiculous bar fight that starts off awkward and cringe inducing yet ends on an satisfactory note. The film itself never ceases to be amusing, but it delivers more nonsense than what is required of it, and Matthew Vaughn's directorial touch isn't as sharp and impressive, making the audience wonder if he had his heart in this film like he did with the first movie. The Golden Circle combines all the ingredients that made the first movie surprise hit with audiences such as the comedy, the action, the slick style that comes with the story, and the James Bond type plot in hopes of putting it's on spin on the Spy genre much like the first film did, but instead feels like a mush up of the first that lacks the spark that made it special as well as being a great deal of fun to watch. The problems with The Golden Circle is how much it feels as if the producers desperately wanted to Americanize the franchise instead of letting it be its own thing. One of the best things about the first Kingsman is how confident it was in telling it's story with the style it presented itself as being. Vaughn took what was basically a generic Spy genre and added a high dose of energy to it with pure laughter and a slick apprentice type story with a young lead character the audience can get behind as he molds into being a professional Spy. With the first Kingsman, Vaughn gave the audience characters they grew to care about and love with the sequel maintaining that development despite the story being messy. The audience cared about Eggsy being mentored by Firth's character Harry Hat, and felt Eggsy's pain when he thought his mentor was killed in the first film. Their relationship played out almost like a Spy version of Obi Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker. One of Vaughn's greatest strengths as a filmmaker, is being able to juggle and flesh out his ensemble cast of actors/actresses, giving each of them their moments to shine. The ensemble cast isn't the problem with the film, its the overlong running time and messy scriptwriting that holds it back from being as good as it could've been.


         As far as sequels made in 2017 go, Kingsman: The Golden Circle doesn't exceed the first film both critically and financially, nor does it end up as a failure like some of the ones mentioned, it falls somewhere in the middle of being entertaining despite being a disappointing sequel to the first film. The sequel offers much of what the first film such a hit with audiences, even if it feels a bit excessive at times. As a sequel to the first Kingsman, The Golden Circle is passable and fun to watch, but the spark that made the first film such a hit is missing here. The Golden Circle is worth watching for it's high-octane action, as well as its surplus of starpower and impressive cinematography. Despite the sequel being reasonably decent, one wishes that Matthew Vaughn worked harder on the script, not went so excessive with the films over-the-top silly tone which exceeds the first movies absurdity, and that the marketing team didn't spoil the films surprise twist with Colin Firth's character being revealed to be alive in the trailers. What could've been a genuinely surprising twist became the victim of poor marketing. Overall, The Golden Circle is not the great sequel the first Kingsman could've gotten, but it's also not the disaster many critics made it out to be, it's just decent.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Annabelle: Creation Is One Of 2017's Most Interesting Creations

For Cinema moviegoers, generally the month of August for the summer box office is typically a dry month with the summer winding down as school vacations come to an end and students returning to complete another year. Studios typically use the months of August and September as dumping grounds for films, that studios don't have the most confidence in, and can potentially survive without zero competition from other big blockbusters. Despite a few exceptions in the month of August such as Guardians Of The Galaxy and Suicide Squad, August is a relatively slow month for movies to perform at the box office. In the case of this past August, Annabelle: Creation utilized it's slow box office month to it's full advantage, and managed to be quite successful in the long run without running into direct competition with another fall horror flick turned box office giant such as Stephen King's IT. While the first Annabelle film wasn't particularly memorable (It was satisfactory at best, but not good enough to warrant the kind of box office anticipation and hype the prequel had going in), Annabelle: Creation somehow manages to be a stronger horror film than that movie. garnering bigger box office and reviews, that soundly call it an improvement over it's mediocre predecessor. Having seen Annabelle: Creation now that it's officially landed on DVD this week, one can most definitely say that Creation is hands down the better movie as well as being more satisfying.

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      Annabelle: Creation continues to prove that the box office for 2017 is being driven not by the big budget sequels to popular franchises, but a growing trend among films with smaller budgets making a surprise splash with audiences. Annabelle: Creation continues that trend as the films reception is warmer than the first film, which led to it performing much better than the first film. The prequel feels larger in scope, as well as being more confident in it's storytelling. The film never truly manages to be scary, but is creepy enough to draw audiences into it's story with it fast-forwarding a full 12 years after the tragic death of a dollmaker and his wife's daughter, with them welcoming a nun and  a group of several young girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon making them the direct target of the dollmaker's possessed creation called Annabelle. Right off the bat, the second Annabelle film is stronger than the first film largely due to its story. The first movies storyline was basic with Annabelle focusing on a couple experiencing terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll after their home is invaded by satanic cultists. The first Annabelle's storyline is basic with the concept of a possessed doll being the most intriguing aspect of the story despite being done before with Chucky. The first film didn't really have many jump scares but it was watchable due to the concept and the creepy atmosphere it created.

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      With Annabelle: Creation, it felt as if the filmmakers behind the prequel were taking notes on what worked with the first movie and what needed improvement. The story feels more fleshed out with the prequel, the production values more grand, and the atmosphere feeling more chilling with the actors delivering strong performances. The movie's pacing is very strong with the scares being well-spread out allowing the suspense and tension to slowly build for the audience. The film works best as a combination of a haunted house story mixed with a freakish doll, that looks and acts just downright creepy. For those who enjoyed the Conjuring films, this movie is another strong entry in the popular franchise as the film works best as a prequel to those films. For those who weren't particularly fond of the first Annabelle and are on the fence about watching the prequel, its most certainly worth watching as the whole film feels much stronger than the first and there's a much stronger confidence behind this story being told. The film tries less to scare its audience in comparison to the first movie, and relies more on mood to set everything up so when the scares do come, they are more effective with the audience desiring what happens next. What's most surprising about Annabelle: Creation, is how much stronger of a film it comes across in comparison to it's predecessor. The film works so well in telling its own story, that the audience doesn't necessarily need to watch the first film in order to get the concept at play here, although it would help with little bits of information given between the two films. It's almost as if the filmmakers are well-aware that the first film wasn't that great, and used this prequel as an opportunity to rectify that movies flaws. The key to this films success is how well it builds up the tension with its story as the mood and setting are perfect with the performances being brilliant. The young actresses are completely convincing here, particularly Samara Lee with Anthony LaPaglia giving a strong performance as the dollmaker/priest, Stephanie Sigman as Sister Charlotte, and Miranda Otto doing a terrific job with her small yet effective role as the dollmaker's wife Esther. The strong performances as well as the strong scriptwiriting, beautiful tension set-up, and David. F. Sandberg's impressive directing make this prequel what it is: One of the stronger horror sequels in recent memory as well as being one of the few that not only lives up to the first movie but surpasses it in quality.

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      Annabelle: Creation is easily one of the best horror movies of 2017 as it manages to stake its own claim as being a worthy horror story without relying on the first movie to make it appealing to audiences. As far as finding issues with the movie, its hard to find any faults the movie has other than slow-pacing at times, and it not actually being scary, but comes off as being more of a personal feeling rather than a shot taken at the film itself. Creation does everything possible to make for a creepy experience with its audience, and here it does a very fine job at doing so. This is a well done horror flick, that's engaging from start to finish and very fun to watch with the Annabelle doll being creepy everytime it pops up on the big screen to scare audiences. The film deserves props for its brilliant build-up of tension and suspense as Sandberg appears to understand the creepy nature of its story much better than John R. Leonetti did with the first film. Creation is one of the rare prequels, that's smart and knows exactly what it wants to do in regards to terrifying it's audience. The DVD release of the film being around Halloween could not come at a more perfect time, as it gives audiences a unique opportunity to align it's story with the rest of the Conjuring franchise for Halloween. The film takes the demonic spirit concept that's obviously been done before and gives it a nice added touch. There is nothing in Creation that's truly original, but it utilizes all the familiar formulas and creates its own terrifying story, that also manages to be an awesome prequel to a first film that really doesn't deserve this kind of follow-up. Here's hoping that David. F. Sandberg returns to direct the next installment, as he truly seems to get the terror aspect of the story that revolves around a creepy doll. If you haven't seen Annabelle: Creation yet, its time to put one's shield down and let it creep you out for 109 minutes, while also showing how building up suspense and tension is properly done with solid storytelling.

                                                                                                                              Final Verdict: Buy It

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Baby Driver Is Proof That 2017 Is Driven By Smaller Budget Films

The year 2017 in regards to Cinema, has come and gone for the most part with movies either meeting and exceeding expectations, films that fell far below expectations with the end result being a financial and critical dud, and films in between those that caught audiences by surprise and managed to deliver both in regards to being entertaining, as well as being a surprise box office smash. While the underwhelming box office performances of War For The Planet Of The Apes and Transformers: The Last Knight are surprising given the performances of the previous installments in both series, it is the performances of the smaller budget films such as John Wick ll, Get Out, Atomic Blonde, Annabelle: Creation, and Happy Death Day, that have become the true Cinema stories of 2017 both critically and financially. With Baby Driver, the resume of smaller films dominating the box office proves to be even more impressive as the film managed to be more of a success than the fifth installment in Michael Bay's popular yet overblown CGI-driven franchise. Baby Driver is not only a solid film, but manages to entertain it's audience and give them a genuinely fun time at the Cinema than many big budget films this year tried to, but ultimately failed at generating the same kind of reaction. Perhaps it's a sign that Hollywood's reign of excessive sequel tent poles, are steadily declining as experimentation with newer ideas, smaller budget films, and concepts are slowly taking over.

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      Baby Driver is stylish, exciting, hilarious, well-acted, and boasts a killer soundtrack, that makes the whole experience of watching it even more special. Driver is proof that action-movies can be brilliantly written, fast-paced, and not need to rely on explosions and CGI to satisfy audiences as it uses its strong scriptwriting and character development to do the work in terms of drawing the audience in. The storyline for the film is creative and original with the audience becoming intrigued with the main character, as he tries to juggle the situation he finds himself stuck in. Baby Driver centers around a young getaway driver finding himself becoming apart of a bank heist, that's doomed to fail after being forced into working for a crime boss. What makes the concept of Baby Driver so appealing to audiences, is that the film delivers a main character the audience can grow to care about, rooting for his blossoming romance with a young waitress at a diner, while wanting him to break loose from the situation that he's in. Ansel Elgort's performance as Baby is spot-on as he brings a sense of charm to the part, while making the audience believe that he's really this character. Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Elza Gonzalez, and Lily James all give strong supporting performances as Baby's heist crew and female love interest. Kevin Spacey does a terrific job at playing Driver's crime boss as Spacey feels perfect for the role given that he does a terrific job at playing sleazy roles. 

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      With its quick pacing and well-choreographed action sequences, Baby Driver remains one of the most thrilling action-packed movies of the year, and just happens to be one that has alot going for it in regards to both character development and story thanks to Edgar Wright's brilliant scriptwriting and directing. What makes the film a surprise treat, that struck a chord with audiences over the summer is how flat-out cool the film comes across with its stylish cinematography, rapid editing, and believable performances, that make the audience convinced what's happening on the big screen is reality. The car chases are stunning and Elgort's performance, is one that can potentially be a star-breaking moment as he gives life to a character, that the audience becomes engaged with from the beginning to applauding at the very end. What's most impressive about Baby Driver, is how it takes a generic heist genre and adds it's own unique and stylish approach to it with references to modern pop culture. As far as heist movies go and the movies released in the summer 2017, Baby Driver is easily a much welcomed breath of fresh air, as well as a reminder that story always come first before action and visuals, which also is what makes a film memorable to audiences.

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      In terms of style and substance, Baby Driver delivers a great deal of it unapologetically. The film is quite the catch with audiences because of how it beautifully blends action with comedy, romance, and a hip style that will attract teens and young adults to the main character. Baby Driver is the type of blockbuster, that doesn't need explosions and overuse of CGI effects to make it a hit with audiences. The film is proof that a good story, strong characters, hit soundtrack, and slick editing can make a highly enjoyable film for audiences, and not need to have an enormous budget in order to appease the crowd. Baby Driver is not only one of the best movies of the past summer, but one of the best films of the year period. With Baby Driver, the hope is there that Hollywood will take a lesson from all the smaller films this year, and how they performed above expectations, even managing to outdo some of the bigger blockbusters for the year. The film is proof that audiences still care for original stories and characters they will become invested in for two hours, while just happening to be taken on a thrill ride that includes laughter, well-filmed car chases, and strong characters that are appealing, particularly the films lead character whose intriguing. Films like Baby Driver, as fun as they come across as being, are proof that audiences continue to desire story over high budget effects.

                                                                                                                           Final Verdict: Buy It

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Darren Aronofsky's Mother Is The Mother Of All Controversial Films For 2017. But Its Good

The fall of 2017 has brought forth a string of awkward new releases, that have either gone onto achieving both critical acclaim and box office stature such as Stephen King's IT, or critically acclaimed yet disappointing box office run such as Blade Runner 2049. In between the two lies the films, that are released with the hope and promise that they will not only receive the acclaim from critics as well as audiences, but would also find an audience to push the film towards profitability. In the case of Darren Aronofsky's Mother, the film has not only underperformed with audiences on a critical level judging by it's F Cinemascore despite critics giving it mixed to generally positive reviews, but has completely been shafted by audiences despite the film not deserving to be. Darren Aronofsky's Mother may be many things as there's many different ways that audiences can read his latest film, Mother may be ambitious, and misunderstood, but one thing it's far from being is a terrible movie
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      The best kind of viewers that Mother can ask for, are those who are familiar with Darren Aronofsky's work prior to his new film. Aronofsky is a different type of mainstream filmmaker, who molds his film into being literal pieces of art, making them appear to be gorgeously photographed with stunning Cinematography along with getting the finest performances out of his actors/actresses, while challenging his audience to think about the films he has them viewing. It helps that Aronofsky chooses stories that are not only engaging to the audience, but draws them in whether they agree with the outcome of the story or not. Requiem For A Dream was amazing in showing how people can have downward spirals as direct consequences of doing drugs. The Fountain was an underappreciated masterpiece, that needs a second reevaluation from audiences with perhaps a longer directors cut The Wrestler was a solid film about a faded Wrestler being forced to retire, but ends up finding his life outside of the ring to be an emotional struggle. Black Swan was an intense psychological thriller, that has Natalie Portman delivering the best performance of her career. Noah was visually stunning and well-acted, but the artistic approach that Aronofsky took with the film is questionable given that the film felt like it went off the rails at times. The final product wasn't disastrous, but didn't stand up to par with the rest of Aronofsky's previous work.


      Mother is a return to form for the unique director, who specializes in telling dark stories about people's downward spirals. Mother is approximately two hours long with 90 mins of it being relying on it's main stars to drive the story as the pacing is slow and steady, but the tension builds slowly up until it's bizarre and disturbing climax. The plot for Mother centers around a couple's relationship being tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, placing a disruption with their tranquil experience. The four main actors that drive the story with Mother are Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Ed Harris. The story is told through the perspective of Lawrence's character as she tries to make sense of what's happening around her while slowly losing her patience with the uninvited guests. Lawrence is the perfect choice for the part as she is believable, captivating, and utterly convincing in the part. Despite Mother's polarizing reception with audiences, one hopes that she receives a worthy Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance in this film. Javier Bardem is terrific as usual and brings his A game to the part with Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer turning in strong supporting roles as well, the latter is nice to see on the big screen again given she doesn't work as frequently nowadays. The film moves at a rather slow pace, but the stellar performances and the mood of the film make the story engaging as the tension slowly builds up until the films bizarre third act.


Stating the direct obvious, Mother isn't for everybody as only true fans of Aronofsky will have the patience and open-mind to embrace the story for it's unusual tone and numerous question the film poses. The movie covers topics ranging from narcissism to hero worship, exotic religions, and plagues of the old testament, death, and immortality. Many of these themes Aronofsky has previously covered with his earlier films such as the Biblical aspect of his films along with death and immortality. Mother's final message says that being married to a narcissist searching for everyone's love can ultimately become unbearable as the film shows. Mother is a film, that's unafraid to take risks and challenge it's audience with what they think they know about the story, but being daring can also be it's downfall. There is no question that Mother is thought-provoking and an ambitious product of the director's artistic vision, the film is entertaining and involving despite the storyline feeling a bit uneven at times due to it's pacing. It can be speculated that one of the reasons the film underperformed with audiences on a critical level is how misleading the marketing was aimed towards it, leading audiences to believe that the film was a thriller/horror flick. The film doesn't reveal it's true form of madness into it's second half, but even then it still doesn't come close to qualifying as being a horror flick.


      Its rather unfortunate that Mother's marketing was misleading as those who gave the film a chance and enjoyed it can't help but wonder how audiences would've embraced it if the marketing push for the film was more straight-forward. Mother is not a bad movie and certainly worth watching if you're a fan of the actors in the film or it's brilliant director, it just comes across as being a bit too artsy for the general audience ultimately. The acting by the main cast is stellar particularly Lawrence and Bardem with Aronofsky at the peak of his artistic craft, delivering eye catching visuals as well as beautiful Cinematography, that accompanies all of his films. There are many different ways people can read the film as there are more symbolism to it outside of the obvious observation of the story revolving around a narcissistic man who drains his partners of their love and moves onto the next, younger model. Mother will go down as one of the most controversial movies of 2017 as questions will arise over the films disappointing box office performance as well as the critical slamming it took from audiences with it's F Cinemascore with the critics being much more welcoming towards it. The film is far from being a bad movie but also isn't a great film, it manages to fall somewhere in between but it's the performances of the cast as well as the directors vision that make it worth watching. Mother is a good film, dare one says a pretty solid one, but one wonders what this movie's legacy could've turned out like had it's marketing been more straight-forward.

Final Verdict: SEE IT