By Robert Kirkendall
Darren Aronofsky is the most underrated great director working in Hollywood today; he exists somewhere between David Cronenberg, Roman Polanski, David Lynch, and Luis Bunuel. He has crafted four masterpieces out of the seven films he’s directed, and even the other three have their own merits.
All of Aronofsky’s films are about humanity and how fragile humanity is; most of the time, Aronofsky uses the human body as a symbol for his character’s humanity which is what makes his film so effective because the audience visually experiences the characters’ mental state.
Some of the most visually grotesque body horror has come from Aronofsky’s films. Mother! has its fair share of body horror, but the real brilliance behind it has nothing to do with the use of body horror, and everything to do with the singular vision behind the film.
Mother! has been dubbed the most controversial film of the decade for good reason: it is polarizing critics and most audience members hate the film. However, Mother! is the best film of the year for at least five reasons, but there are many more.
For example, when was the last time a film garnered such a strong reaction from the audience and was as talked about as Mother! is? It has been awhile because film has lost some of its edge, but with Mother!, film has just gained some of it back; Mother! is a film blistering with ambition, and it conjures comparisons to European art house cinema in the golden years.
Not since Lynch made his last film has surrealist cinema been this beautiful and worth celebrating. This is the kind of film that cinema needed and still needs because it is exciting, interesting, unpredictable, complex, ambitious, riveting, hilarious, horrifying, powerful, absorbing, mysterious, intense, deceptive, elusive, layered, awe-inspiring, polarizing, sophisticated, surreal,
From:: Taste Of Cinema