Although the lead character’s arc is troubled and conflicted, the ending makes her seem more like a superhero than the material warrants.
A respectable venture that fails to generate the kind of gripping, compulsively watchable melodrama and adventure needed to keep the audience engaged.
U.S. Release Date: 2018-07-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content)
Director: Ol Parker
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Hugh Skinner, Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine, Andy Garcia, Cher, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Lily James, Meryl Streep
The first movie does a better job of everything this one does rendering the second installment redundant – painless but purposeless.
Rossy de Palma is great but she’s not in enough scenes to salvage a movie that lacks substance and focus.
The muddling of historical fiction with the Grand Guignol is an uneven mix that never fully gels.
"The Muppet Christmas Carol" is a curiosity for those desperate to have a dash of Kermit to go along with their mug of Scrooge.
A little like "The Purge" in an office building with the best moments coming in the early-going.
Functions more as a diversion than a fully satisfying motion picture, although, for something streaming on Netflix, a “diversion” is usually good enough.
With "mother!", director Darren Aronofsky seems determined to baffle, infuriate, and divide his audience.
The movie is unable to overcome a shaky narrative whose increasing preposterousness ensures it’s difficult to take seriously.