Far too often, critics limit their analysis to the level of narrative and character—which is probably why Darren Aronofsky’s mother! was so poorly received. Its filmmaking is a PhD thesis on precision and tone: along with the formal limitations that stitch us into the Jennifer Lawrence character’s head far more successfully than shaky-cam fake found footage ever could, mother! deftly juggles a series of very different types of pressures.
January 03, 2018