Mother! (2017) ***

On "Take 2" of Mother! (2017), I'm not sure any new complexities were revealed to me, unfortunately. In fact, I deducted a 1/2 star from my original rating. My original review is here.

My feelings this time around were largely the same — an ambitious, but frustrating affair (which I get, is probably the point). However I can't help liking the first half more when the film is mysterious in a Rosemary's Baby (1968) or Repulsion (1965) kind of way rather than beating the audience over the head (literally in the case of some characters) with its...message?

I get that the ugliness is intended and necessary for the story. The film just doesn't thrill me the way I wish such an arty venture from a talented director would. I'll always show up for an Aronofsky film though and whether I love it or not, I always appreciate films that divide opinions.

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