Reaction to Darren Aronofsky’s mother! has been divisive among audiences, with many theatergoers complaining that it’s confusing and seems to fall apart in the third act. However, Jennifer Lawrence — who stars in the film — has explained that she’s actually quite happy to hear some people “despise” the movie.
“The people who love it love it and want to see it another time,” Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly. “The people who don’t like, absolutely despise it.
“There is no middle ground,” Lawrence continued. “We knew that it was divided. That’s what so exciting — everybody is going to feel something. It’s going to create a conversation. It’s going to create a controversy. Nobody is going to leave not getting something from it.”
The film currently has a 68% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, though the audience score sits at a significantly lower 42%. mother! isn’t expected to explode at the box office, being one of only twelve films since 2004 to receive an F from CinemaScore. The film, which opened on September 15, has only earned $13.5 million worldwide against its production budget of $30 million, allowing Andy Muschietti’s It to keep top spot at the box office.
Billed as a psychological-horror film, mother! is about a couple’s life being upended by the arrival of strange people to their home.
Lawrence will next appear as Dominika Egorova in Francis Lawrence’s spy-thriller Red Sparrow. She will also reprise her role as Raven Darkhölme/Mystique in Simon Kinberg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
mother!, which was written and directed by Aronofsky, is in theaters now. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence as Mother, Javier Bardem as Him, Ed Harris as Man, Michelle Pfeiffer as Woman, Brian Gleeson as Younger Brother and Domhnall Gleeson as Oldest Son.
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