On a surface level, mother! is about a couple living peacefully on their own until uninvited guests disturb their existence. But before it turns into yet another home invasion thriller, mother! pans out like a lucid dream with a bunch of allegories (which I'd rather not discuss for the benefit of those who haven't seen it yet) get thrown in the mix. I was expecting to see something similar to Black Swan and instead, I got The Fountain in terms of themes and overall whatthefuckery. At one point in the third act, JLaw's character asks "what's going on?" and I have exactly the same reaction. Aronofsky goes completely off-the-rails with violence, chaos, and cacophony from a stampede of uninvited guests. You won't believe what happens to JLaw's character, which can only be rivaled by what Lars Von Trier does to her female protagonists. Think Dogville and Antichrist. What's great about a film as bonkers and as layered as mother! is that it's open to interpretation. Even if you don't interpret it the same way Aronofsky intended it to be (I certainly didn't), you'll leave the cinema feeling challenged and thinking about what you just saw long after the credits rolled. It's not for everyone, so watch with caution.