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Darren Aronofsky Disappointed mother! Critics Fail to Acknowledge His Filmmaking Skill
Sep 18, 2017 by: WENN
Darren Aronofsky isn't upset by the negative reaction to his movie mother! but he is disappointed at the lack of recognition for his skill as a filmmaker.
The filmmaker's latest project stars his girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence as the title character, whose relationship with her husband (Javier Bardem) is pushed to the limit when uninvited guests arrive and cause havoc at their house.
The feature has received mixed reactions, though Aronofsky understands it's an unsettling watch, especially as he filled it with religious and environmental symbolism.
"Anytime you do something that aggressive there are going to be people who enjoy it, who want to be on that roller coaster ride, and then there are others who say, 'Oh no, that was not for me,'” he told Entertainment Weekly. "It’s all good. I don’t mind people are upset by the film because it’s supposed to be a reflection and a cautionary tale of what’s happening to the planet. And it’s hard, because I’m pointing at all of us saying, look what’s going on! Let’s think about this! I’m also guilty, I’m not any better."
Despite his bravado, the director, who is dating his leading lady Jennifer Lawrence, is struggling with the lack of acknowledgement for the technical effort that has gone into the project.
"But the one thing I can’t understand is how people can’t acknowledge the filmmaking--there are three camera shots in the whole film: over the shoulder, on her face, and her point of view," he continued. "There’s no score. There are all these things we did that are really hard to pull off. I couldn’t have done this five years ago. It’s only because my team and I have been together for so long that we took the chance."
He also highlights his use of 16mm film, which the director says has become a part of his style as he's previously used it for his hit films The Wrestler and Black Swan.
"It just has a creamy unique texture to it. It’s something different than what you see, and I think and hope that’s cool for audiences," he concluded.
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