Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, Mother! is due on September 15 and some are wondering, after viewing the cryptic trailers, if Aronofsky’s devilish brainchild is not a reincarnation of Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby. The comparisons between the films are especially striking in the poster art between Rosemary’s Baby’s iconic image of Mia Farrow’s profile towering behind the creepy baby stroller and that of Jennifer Lawrence’s behind a creepy house.
As Vanity Fair notes, the teaser trailer for Mother! gives us some clues as, “Lawrence is screaming her head off at someone-Bardem?-whom she calls a murderer. A heartbeat, much like those heard on sonograms, can be heard as her howl crescendos. Hmm.” VF also points out that the marketing for the film has been ‘masterful’ in showing us very little else of the film that allegedly pushed J. Law to the furthest reaches of her acting ability.
Lawrence stated, “I had to go to a darker place than I’ve ever been in my life… I didn’t know if I’d be able to come out O.K.” Indeed, Aronofsky has a penchant for pushing his leading ladies, as did Polanski, to their extremes, including Jennifer Connelly and Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream and Natalie Portman in Black Swan.
Aronofsky said Mother!, “is closer to Black Swan in spirit than anything I have done in a while.”
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker might have made an original, masterful horror film that could bring himself and Lawrence more Oscar gold, in what some are calling J. Law’s The Revenant for the pain she endured during Mother’s! production. As Aronofsky reveals, “I think she (Lawrence) hyperventilated and also kind of threw her rib out.” Add to that the delicious possibility of Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer giving us their diabolically best ‘homage’ to Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon’s portrayals of the eccentric, devil-worshipping Castevets, and we have something wicked to enjoy with our tannis root infused chocolate mousse.
Aronofsky needn’t worry that Polanski will protest outside the Kodak Theatre next year if Mother! garners any Oscar nods as the 84-year-old director just lost another attempt to have his 1977 charge of statutory rape dropped and remains a fugitive of U.S. law.