Pregnancy Double Feature: Prevenge (2016) and Mother! (2017)


Triple-threat Alice Lowe stars in the horror-comedy Prevenge. In the movie, pregnant Ruth deals with her hormones and emotions after losing her husband in a freak rock climbing accident. However, she is not alone through all of these since her baby inexplicably is able to speak from the womb. Not only that, her baby has a thirst for vengeance, commanding Ruth to kill all those involved in her father’s death.

Apart from some funny scenes involving a pregnant lady brandishing a knife and a sinister baby voice insulting her mother, the movie isn’t really that funny. Prevenge also tries to evoke some emotion by appealing to Ruth’s loss, but it isn’t really effective since Ruth’s behavior and demeanor doesn’t appeal to sympathy. The movie tries hard to be funny and emotional, but it doesn’t really succeed in either.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem top-bill mother! as mother and Him. All in all, I’ll say that mother! is an incredibly strange movie. It has a nightmare-like feel that’s super sinister and enthralling to watch. A lot of absurd stuff happen to Lawrence’s mother in the film, stuff which you probably wouldn’t envision happening in real life, and you can’t help but feel sorry for Lawrence all throughout. I don’t really want to spoil anything since it would be best to go to the cinema without any idea of what’s going on, but the general idea of the film is that Lawrence and Bardem are a couple whose marriage is in the rocks.

However, mother! has divided a lot of critics. Some say it’s one of the best movies of the year, while some say it’s trash. I belong to the former. mother! is a difficult film to watch, but it’s unlike any other film I’ve seen the past year.

The film’s director Aronofsky did an AMA and gave an interpretation of the film. Reading his words brought the movie down a few notches for me since I didn’t like the religiosity of it and the reduction to a literal allegory. It’s best to form your own interpretation of the film.

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