Darren Aronofsky, Jennifer Lawrence’s controversial film, mother! just premiered at MAMI, and Twitter is lit
The controversial ‘horror’ film, mother!, by director Darren Aronofsky was screened at the ongoing Jio MAMI Film Festival in Mumbai, and several people who attended took to Twitter to discuss the film.hollywood Updated: Oct 15, 2017 16:32 IST
The controversial ‘horror’ film, mother! (yes, lower case and exclamation point), by director Darren Aronofsky was screened at the ongoing Jio MAMI Film Festival in Mumbai, and those who managed to attend the show took to Twitter to discuss what many are calling the most divisive film of the year.
To catch you up, mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, opened to extremely polarised response in the US back in September, after it premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The reviews were either scathing or very positive. The film currently sits at a ‘fresh’ 68% on review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes.
But the audience reception was more clear-cut: It received a dismal ‘F’ rating on CinemaScore, one of only a handful of films to ever receive such a negative rating.
Paramount, the studio behind the film, defended Aronofsky’s vision. Here’s their statement: “This movie is very audacious and brave. You are talking about a director at the top of his game, and an actress at the top her game. They made a movie that was intended to be bold. Everyone wants original filmmaking, and everyone celebrates Netflix when they tell a story no one else wants to tell. This is our version. We don’t want all movies to be safe. And it’s okay if some people don’t like it.”
They even tried to capitalise on the buzz by appropriating some of the more hyperbolic quotes on a poster, but the film could barely manage to make back its $30 million budget.
The walk-in line for mother! at PVR Icon does not seem to end in either direction! pic.twitter.com/ocRR8U1EUo— JioMAMIwithStar (@MumbaiFilmFest) October 15, 2017
It's 7:20 in the morning, and I'm standing in queue for mother!, and I'm still not... the first in queue.— Tanul Thakur (@Plebeian42) October 15, 2017
The screening at MAMI, however, attracted hundreds of hungry fans, many of whom had queued up hours before the show began. Here are some reactions from Twitter:
Twitter will explode after "mother!" screening at MAMI. Waiting...— Mihir Desai (@MihirBDesai) October 15, 2017
Do not know what to make of Mother!, except that it was a disturbingly confident way to put across an age-old writer adage. #MAMI2017— Rahul Desai (@ReelReptile) October 15, 2017
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