Why you hate Mother!
After The Fountain and Noah, we can all assume Darren Aronofsky has a niche for esoteric and ancient religious mysticism. At this point in his career, very few people are telling Darren what to do creatively. The man can tell an allegorical Genesis story with his girlfriend if he wants.
Opening weekend, the film’s reviews were shockingly opposing on the spectrum and word-of-mouth soon spread that you’ll either like it or you’ll hate it. This is more common, especially among reviewers, now that just about anyone can give a justifiable review online.
After two weeks in theaters, Mother! made it’s money back and its average IMDB User review, 31,000 of them, has reached a 7.0, with twelve percent of voters giving the film one star out of ten. Trolls!
Who is to say that the film was a flop? Why do you hate Mother! Or why did you hate her only to turn around and love her after you composed yourself? Maybe J-Law just makes your skin crawl now. And just what the hell is she putting in her water?
The story is clearly ambiguous and the target audience is that of a higher intelligence, sure, but it is in my own personal opinion that the film, at first, left a bad taste in the mouth of many reviewers due to Darren’s finger pointing at modern faulty Christianity. This was, after all, aimed towards a more western audience. When considering all Abrahamic faiths, according to the PRRI, statistically, seventy-two percent of America still say they believe in some kind of branch off of Abrahamic faith when asked by a complete stranger. Even though ambiguous, it is hard to argue that the filmmaker sees that He, Him, the Old-Man-In-The-Clouds is imperfect. This, if anything, subconsciously pissed off a lot of followers. Rainbow Chart!
Look at all ‘em potential Christian filmgoers. If anything, viewers of no or all faiths should find their own perspective in the story rather than watching countless interviews on Youtube of Darren trying to explain himself. Disclaimers? Tisk-tisk, Darren. What did your girlfriend put in that water, Darren?