What You Need To Know - January 19, 2018

Mother! - What You Need To Know
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Mother! - What You Need To Know

When Mother! arrived in cinemas in September last year it quickly became one of 2017's most polarising films, provoking a spectrum of reactions from critics that ranged from “an unparalleled achievement” to “the worst movie of the century”.

This week, those who missed out on the madness at the cinema will get to judge for themselves as the film arrives in stores on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday (January 22nd). So what's all the fuss about? Here's everything you need to know...

Who's in it?

Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem lead a cast that includes Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson and Kristen Wiig.

And who's directing?

The film is the brainchild of Darren Aronofsky, who both writes and directs.

What's the plot?

The film's plot isn't an easy thing to describe, partly because it's difficult to wrap your head around, and partly because to reveal too much would be to give away spoilers, but here goes:

Bardem stars as an acclaimed poet struggling with writer's block. Together with his partner (Lawrence) he moves into a house that had previously been damaged in a fire, ostensibly in the hope that new surroundings will enable him to continue his next work. The poet, referred to only as 'Him', seems comfortable in his new home, but his partner (referred to as Mother) is unsettled and begins to experience disturbing visions in the house, such as a heart beating with within the walls.

Then one day a man (Harris) arrives unannounced at the door asking for a room for the night. Him agrees immediately and while Mother is uncomfortable with this, she reluctantly agrees to let him stay when she sees that he is injured, and Him tells her that the man is a fan who wanted to meet him before he died.

The following day, the man's wife (Pfeiffer) also arrives and asks to stay with him, shortly followed by the couple's two sons, who begin to argue over their father's will. The older brother, learning that he is to receive nothing, mortally wounds his younger brother and flees. After his death, more people begin to show up at the house, and Mother becomes increasingly upset.

When Him learns that Mother is pregnant with their child, he inspired to finish his new poem and, on publication, it becomes a huge success and yet more people descend on the house. Then all hell begins to break loose.


Does it deliver?

Aronofsky's latest film is his most intense and baffling yet, laced with allegorical references to religion and the relationship between an artist and his muse. It's incredibly violent scenes will no doubt be too much for some and it's likely that Mother! is a film you'll either love or hate, but if you can stomach the violence it's certainly one you should experience at least once.


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