Mother (Madeo) Reviews
From the very first moment, I got the impression that it's going to be a bit different. The beautiful opening sequence with the mother dancing in a lush field. The movie was already setting a very interesting tone.
Now, after the first half hour or so, I began worrying a bit that it's getting stale and getting way too standard, but then it went ham. Just a complete masterclass in storytelling, in the mother's acting and her son's utterly believably portrayed handicap. Even the guy that plays the son's best friend did an incredible job. The use of music, the way it seamlessly works with what you see on screen, it's worthy of immense respect.
The very particular pace of the story that follows the meticulous investigation of the mother into a local murder is captivating. The story keeps you guessing and surprises in moments when you'd never expect anything like it. This story is much more original than you'd first guess.
The peculiar blend of genres manages to work. There are some outright hilarious moments here, alongside the absolutely tragic and morbid ones. A very offbeat tone to this movie. Worked perfectly for me.
Another high note for me was the amazingly creative usage of flashbacks. Very pleasing and subtle.
The only gripe I can think of is the somewhat slow first act of this movie, which was really not that much of a problem at all. Oh well.
In the end, this movie is a very surprising and peculiar black comedy mixed with drama and a murder mystery. Incredibly well made. Recommended to pretty much everyone.
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~November 12, 2017~
Mother is one marvelous murder mystery with all the class and depth,as well as the misteps in pace and narrative, that one could expect from a korean film that sports the Bong Joon-Ho name.
Definitely a must watch