** (out of 4)
If you were to plot every filmmaker’s career trajectory on a graph, Darren Aronofsky’s would be one of the many that’d peak early but considerably flatten out thereafter. Back in 2000, he struck gold with Requiem for a Dream, a depiction of the infernal realities of drug addiction that still resonates with an alarming poignancy. But in both The Wrestler and Black Swan, he followed his characters’ obsessions with such an obsessiveness of his own that he neglected to examine the societal and cultural mores that endorse such dangerous perfectionism. And we’d be better off not talking about The Fountain and Noah.
For the most part, mother!, Aronofsky’s newest movie, confirms the fact that he still hasn’t found a way out of the moviemaking wilderness.