My initial thoughts after watching this film: 1) Ed Harris is usually a bad omen in movies. 2) WTF did I just watch?
I do not have any words to describe the plot of this movie other than Jennifer Lawrence plays the new wife/love/girlfriend of a famous poet suffering from writer’s block. He is unable to write due to the death of his wife and/or family during a fire in the home that they are rebuilding? *This is a very confusing movie, so my question marks are my interpretation of what I think the plot is, but not entirely sure because it’s a weird movie.* Ed Harris, a fan of the poet, shows up at their house in the middle of nowhere seeking refuge. And then his wife, Michelle Pfeiffer, shows up as we find out that despite Jennifer Lawrence’s pleas to kick out Ed Harris, he is dying of cancer, so poet husband invites him & his wife to stay to live out his dying days. Then their kids show up & family drama ensues. Then more uninvited people show up. And Jennifer Lawrence just screams all the time at people to get out of her house.
If what you just read seems like a weird stream of consciousness, it is on purpose. The plot of this movie is literally just that… a random stream of things happening that even in the end only kind of made of sense.
What I thought was seriously a horror movie about an endless stream of people showing up at your house, uninvited, when it isn’t clean, or in the middle of renovating and no food in the house (I mean, this is my personal recurring nightmare scenario) ends up just getting weird. It turns from a horror/thriller to WTF did I just watch.
My end thoughts… I don’t get it. The critics consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, “There’s no denying that mother! is the thought-provoking product of a singularly ambitious artistic vision, though it may be too unwieldy for mainstream tastes. ” Apparently, the film is too unwieldy for my taste.