I haven't seen "mother!". I don't want to see "mother!" Partly I'm put off by the violence in the third act that I've read about. Partly I'm no fan of Aronofsky: "Black Swan" was pretentious, and "Noah" was simply bad (bringing a sudden halt to Russell Crowe's career, and nearly wrecking Emma Watson's. And as this movie had the worst opening of any movie headlines by Jennifer Lawrence, he may be damaging her career, too.). But mostly I'm seriously tired of movies that are "serious" and "masterpieces" and "controversial" because they inflict so much violence on the female lead. Funny how the "male gaze" is such a problem but female actors going through the motions (it's acting, after all) of being emotionally and physically abused and tormented, is "art".
After all, who is Bardem’s writer’s-block-ridden character besides a modern interpretation of Jack Torrance, Stephen King’s iconic character who sat in a residence in the middle of nowhere, plagued by demons as he tried desperately—in vain—to create art worthy of praise?