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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If there’s one filmmaker we can rely on to bring the weird, it’s Darren Aronofsky. This is the mastermind behind such films as the haunting Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan. Both films challenged the human psyche, and both had countless memorable scenes that film fans will recount for decades to come.

Well, the man himself is back at work, bringing the disturbing with mother!, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Check out the official synopsis below!

“A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.”

I’m admittedly not the biggest Aronofsky lover out there. The guy makes great films, but as far as it clicking with my personal sensibilities, not so much. Black Swan especially stood out as one of those movies that received more praise than I thought was warranted. That being said, mother! shows a lot of promise. Like films like The Invitation, this one pits an unknowing person in an isolated situation that leads to potentially horrific results. As long as they milk that premise for all its worth, I’d say we’re on the right track.

My only reservation comes in the form of Jennifer Lawrence’s casting. Don’t get me wrong: she’s an amazing actress. It’s just that she has a tendency to play characters who should be far older than she really is. I’m not sure if the age gap between her and Bardem are a part of the story, but it’s very distracting to see someone her age (26) in a relationship with a 48-year-old man. It also kind of takes away from the credibility of the film on some level (almost like it’s a student film, and that we’re supposed to pretend she’s 40) — unless it’s a part of the story.

We’ll have to wait and see. What do you think? Was the age gap as distracting for you, and are you looking forward to seeing what this film has to offer? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Paramount Pictures

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.