Darren Aronofsky’s mother! has been billed as the most creatively ambitious movie to be released by a mainstream studio since Eyes Wide Shut following Stanley Kubrick’s death. The only reason that comparison angers me is because I didn’t come up with it.
I was stunned to see Aronofsky’s latest since Noah be given a 3,000-theater release only mere days after its respective screenings at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals. This is the kind of film, like Tuskor even going back Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, that probably belongs in considerably less theaters, for this has all the makings of a movie that is going to confuse or piss a lot of people off. If the public couldn’t grasp the dark depths and psychological undertones of this year’s exquisite It Comes at Night, I highly doubt mother! will be able to do anything worthwhile for them.