My poker game isn’t improved but my Jessica Chastain crush is renewed.
Mother! is a horror film for women. It taps into all the things. The constant male gaze, the constant threat of danger. The subjugation of women in the home, the threat of the 'other female', the expectation to be seen and not heard. The fears and anxieties in relationships. The feeling of complete vulnerability while pregnant juxtaposed with that immediate fierceness / fearlessness that every new mother owns. The rage that simmers beneath the surface. The knowing that something is very wrong. Written and directed by a man but absolutely delivering a host of female horrors for this mother.
The five bright shining stars of Moonlight are:
And the chemistry in that final climatic diner scene.
Our preconceived notions of character arcs are tackled with a light touch. Spaces are created for moments of silent discomfort and moments of joy or surprise - often expressed in a glance or a glimmer in the eye. Music elevates the scene without dominating the scene. I didn’t want it to end. The world of cinema is a better place now that this film exists within it.