The Existential Philosophy of mother!

The Existential Philosophy of mother!

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WARNING: Major spoilers follow, so only read ahead if you have watched mother!

Now that it has been released in theaters, audiences have been treated to an utterly bizarre affair with Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, mother! GeekFeed’s own review stated the film would likely be divisive, and it has certainly split audiences. Members of the audience taking the film at face value are likely to be disappointed. On the surface, the movie is about a wife (played by Jennifer Lawrence) who descends into madness when all these people simply will not leave her house. Her husband (Javier Bardem) doesn’t seem to care.

Plenty of think pieces have already stated the film is a clear allegory for the biblical story of Genesis. Javier Bardem is God. Jennifer Lawrence is the planet Earth. Bardem brings Ed Harris’ character into the house, and Harris represents Adam while his wife (Michelle Pfieffer) is Eve. This couple’s children represent Cain and Abel with the one son even killing the other to really drive the point home. However, things get a little crazy halfway through the film.

Personally, I’ve seen plenty of pieces argue the rest of the film represents the rest of the Bible. Lawrence’s baby represents Jesus Christ, who is ultimately sacrificed with the people literally eating the savior’s body. Now, what’s the point of all this? Why make a bizarre, surreal retelling of the Bible? Well, I think the film is doing more than simply being a crazy version of the Bible. I believe it actually has something very deep and meaningful to tell about humanity’s place in the current world. Buckle up your seat belts because we’re about to get philosophical in here.

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Mike Bedard is a features writer at GeekFeed. He has written for Cracked, Robot Butt, and Top Story! Weekly. He has also written several short films.
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