Whether you love or hate it, Mother!, Darren Aronofsky’s latest psychological horror film staring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, is completely exhausting to watch. Keeping things spoiler-free, it’s two hours of totally absorbing and relentless cluster-fuck chaos. But because it’s so ‘conceptual’, it’s maybe even more exhausting to talk about, especially when someone’s mansplaining its beautiful allegory to you.
Just to be completely clear, this is how I felt watching Mother! (Image source: Mother!/Paramount Pictures)
Just ask J-Law, who vented in an interview-conversation with Adam Sandler for Variety about how tiring she found constantly talking about it with Darren, her recent ex-boyfriend.
Not surprisingly, Darren found Mother!’s polarising reviews hard-to-process and while the couple were on the press-circuit for the film earlier this year, felt the need to talk it out. A lot.
“We’d be on the tour together, I’d come back to the hotel and the last thing I want to talk about or think about is the movie, and he comes back and that’s all he wants to talk about,” Jennifer said.
“I was doing double duty of trying to be a supportive partner while also being like, ‘Can I please, for the love of God, not think about “Mother!” for one second?’”
“It’s so bizarre because you’re so in the zone, you put your whole soul and body, you move to shoot a movie, and you then love it, obviously because you wouldn’t be there if you didn’t love it, and then people just destroy it,” she said.
Which must suck. But, in this writer’s opinion, maybe Darren shouldn’t have made such a shitty film that degrades a female character in the name of art to show degrading a women for art is a bad thing to do, so don’t do what the film does, okay? And also climate change is bad and whatever.
Watch the interview below, where Adam Sandler also discusses how he responded to negative reviews throughout his career.
Image credit: Mother!/20th Century Fox