I’ll try to keep this brief because pretty much every extreme of opinion has already been written on mother! and they’re all out there. I really enjoyed it. I liked how it started off like a Polanski film like Repulsion or The Tenant and became something entirely different by the end. I loved the moments of absurd comedy as much as I loved the moments of surreal horror. I loved the audacity of the third act. I loved how utterly bonkers the whole thing was and how much the director and actors committed to that. I liked seeing Stephen McHattie in a big movie. I’m not sure I can say I liked the film as a whole but I was never bored and I found myself eagerly anticipating whatever crazy turn the film would take next. It reminded me of the Lars von Trier film Antichrist in that the moment it becomes clear you've been tricked into watching a full on arthouse film you have to decide whether to go with it or not. I went with it. I didn’t get the Biblical references and had to find an article online afterwards to explain that part for me. Even if I had picked up on all the references, the Bible-in-a-domestic-drama idea is all a bit sixth-form theatre project and I’m not sure what the aim was other than 'look what we did!'. That said, I do think there’s a consistent and coherent story in mother! about a woman losing control. I also liked the world the film creates, with it’s invisible time jumps and ever-evolving environment. It reminded me of the Alasdair Gray book Lanark in places and I can’t really fault a film that conjures up moments from one of my favourite books. Whether it succeeds or not I’m glad mother! exists because it’s a celebration of trying something weird and out there, which is a fuck of a lot more interesting than the thousands of films that don’t try. I think everyone should at least see it.