This post contains spoilers. You’ve been warned.
From the moment its gory poster was released, I knew Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie mother! was going to be wild. But how crazy is it, actually? Really f*cking crazy indeed, and incredibly up for debate. So if you’re looking for spoilers—or just want to be well prepared for the insanity—we’ve got you covered.
First of all, the only information I knew about this film before watching it was from a bland synopsis: Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a married couple called Mother and Him (um, okay), whose lives are thrown into turmoil when visitors played by Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer show up at their door. That didn’t exactly prepare me for the film’s first shot: a shocking close-up of a woman’s flesh peeling off as her face burns. This casual moment is followed by Him placing a gem on a pedestal, seemingly prompting an ash-strewn house to look brand new. Moments later, Mother wakes up looking for her spouse. Okay, sure, why the hell not.
We never learn much about who Mother and Him are, but we do know that he’s a struggling writer, and she’s a dedicated wife whose made it her life’s mission to fix up their creaky home. And speaking of said home, there’s something very off about it. For starters, when Mother touches the wall she has a strange sensation that there’s something resembling an organ pumping in its crevices. In fact, the whole structure seems to be an organism, alive and oozing blood. At one point after their guests arrive, Mother attempts to flush mysterious red-dotted tissues down the toilet, and when it clogs a pumping body part appears.