Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” has alienated viewers and won over some critics, but Jennifer Lawrence, the film’s star, has an explanation of the divisive movie that she wants viewers to hear before going into it.
Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly that Aronofsky, her partner, told her about the “allegory” behind “Mother!” before he wrote the script, and she thinks audiences should know what to look for while watching it.
“It was the most unique sounding movie I’d ever heard, and incredibly brave,” Lawrence said. “I feel like there’s different schools of thought on this movie. Some think: don’t tell anyone anything, let them figure it out on their own. I feel like it’s better to know and understand the metaphor and allegories because then you know what you are looking at. I’ve been spilling the themes and metaphors all over town!”
She went on to unpack the film’s environmental and religious themes, which dictated how the cast approached its filming on set.
“The movie was called ‘Day Six’ [on set]: it could be about the creation and the end of the universe,” she said. “You have the creation of man and women and then the corruption of man and woman and then overpopulation and creation of religion and so on and so forth. … So what he’s saying is this is the entire world, This is our one earth. This is all our sink. So stop bouncing on it!”
“Mother!” earned Lawrence her career-worst opening last week, and it received an “F” grade from CinemaScore, a company that polls audience reaction to opening weekend movies.