Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Flicks: Mother!

Title Mother!
Rating ★★

What It's About
Depends on who you ask. We have a young woman in an isolated house with her husband. We're to understand there was a fire there and she's been renovating the house to it's original glory. A stranger shows up and for reasons unknown to us or the young woman, the husband allows the man to stay with them. Then the man's wife shows up and she decides to stay too. Obviously the woman is a bit flustered. Then things get really weird.

The preview for this one is very misleading. It leads you to believe that this movie is a horror movie. It's not long before you realize it's not. Although it is a bit horrific. Sadly, I was bored out of my mind for this one. It was fun listening to the sold out theater muttering things like, "what the hell is going on?" and "wait? what?". My husband turned to me at some point and and said, "do you know what's going on?"

After the movie was over everyone was talking about it. Why? The movie is not a story about a young woman and her husband and some very rude house guests. It's symbolic...the whole thing is an analogy. And yes, I did know what was going on....mostly. I'm not being arrogant. My dad was obsessed with symbolism so I can usually see it.

Then the question becomes do you want to go see it knowing nothing and be confused or would it be more entertaining knowing what's going on? Personally I was so bored I considered getting on my phone to pass the time and be one of THOSE movie goers. But I didn't. I think I would have liked it better if I'd known what to expect.


So, if you want to know what it's about going into it here you go. The woman represents Mother Earth and her husband is God. That's the symbolism I saw. The director claims it's basically parts of the bible. The weird couple is Adam and Eve. Their two sons are Cain and Able etc. That's all you really need to know. NOW it will make more sense for you to watch....if you're even still interested. My husband, after discovering what it was all about was a little miffed that he got tricked into watching a religious movie. I was just bummed that the writer/director ripped off the oldest story in time and I payed money to see it.

Let's Talk
Do you like symbolism in movies or do you just like a story? I prefer a story. I just want to be entertained.

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  1. Too weird for me. Think I'll go see the Lego movie instead. :)

  2. Why does Jennifer Lawrence look so creepy and cracked doll-like in the movie poster? :/

  3. This looked like a horror movie so I already decided not to watch it. Kate spoiled it for me per my request and I have even less desire to watch it. Too weird and I'm not a big fan of symbolism movies.

  4. I totally looked up spoilers, because I had a feeling that it might be too weird even for me... and I'm glad I did. I think the ending would have been hard to watch (especially because we usually go to a dine-in theater,lol). I love Jennifer Lawrence, but this just feels like I can wait for it to be on HBO.

  5. I'm sorry you saw a boring movie, but I'm excited you reviewed this. :) I've been really curious about it. I didn't read the spoilers because I feel like I want to watch it, but it sounds like a weird movie.

  6. I saw the trailer and thought it was a horror movie at first. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jenny. After reading your review I don't think I'd be interested in it; it does sound weird and I don't think I'll appreciate the symbolism of it.

  7. Interesting. I actually do like symbolism in movies, but I want a good story with it too. I also love allegories, so I might like this one. I really enjoyed East of Eden by John Steinbeck and that's an allegory of the Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel. So, this might be right up my alley.

    1. There's really not a story to this one. It's all allegory.

    2. Hmmm. I probably won't like it then. I told Corey was you said he's mad that the trailer is so misleading.

  8. I just like a good story too. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like this? Probably not my thing.

  9. Huh! Thank you so much for explaining this movie. I was always confused about what the heck it was. I haven't seen it, but the posters and trailers don't let you know anything. I will probably pass on this one.