Mother

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  • 5 of 5 stars
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    To this date, one of the best opening scene I have ever seen...
  • 4.5 of 5 stars
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    A tragic story told masterfully.
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    "Mother" teaches us that even a classic who-did-it story can become a near masterpiece in the right hands, and Bong Joon Ho has very righteous hands indeed. Good direction, lovely visuals and a mix of tones going from comedy to horror, from drama to thriller. Main actors do a hell of a job too.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    Another Bong Jooon Ho that's hilarious but has a very sad ending. What a mother's love will do for her child. It was a fantastic plot/story that was entertaining and interesting from beginning to end. The acting was phenomenal from all parties involved. And Park's direction is beautiful. This is a crazy tale that goes all over the place before returning back to its start. Enjoy!
  • 4.5 of 5 stars
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    Bong Joon-ho deftly conveys a simple story that leads to an emotionally devastating climax in this touching, humorous, and mostly absorbing drama that features a fantastic performance by Hye-ja Kim.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    I like Joon-ho Bong. "The Host" is cool, "Snowpiercer" has a great idea, "Memories of Murder" is genious and "Okja" was a breath of fresh air. Here we meet a slow kid, well, now adult, and his mother. The boy is accused for murder and goes to jail but his mom denies it. She takes the investigation into her own hands and she won't accept anything else than her son's freedom. There is a very funny undertone here, within the crime thriller overall vibe. Plenty of lovely crazy scenes, like the guy throwing a bag around the street, the pee scene, the old dancing ladies at the bus, the car mirror crashing and many more. Super acting from the two leads especially and nice characters. Many of them with very funny gestures or characteristics. Pretty interesting, but I had some trouble at times maintaining focus - it suffers a bit from the slow pace at times. Solid, but I was hoping for a tiny bit more. 7 out of 10 acupuncture sets.
  • 2.5 of 5 stars
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    Pretty bizarre and slow, although I was hoping this was going to be a fast paced revenge type number. An interesting ending. The question is would I recommend it.... its a no from me
  • 4.5 of 5 stars
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    Wow, another Korean movie kicks my shit in. From the very first moment, I got the impression that it's going to be a bit different. The beautiful opening sequence with the mother dancing in a lush field. The movie was already setting a very interesting tone. Now, after the first half hour or so, I began worrying a bit that it's getting stale and getting way too standard, but then it went ham. Just a complete masterclass in storytelling, in the mother's acting and her son's utterly believably portrayed handicap. Even the guy that plays the son's best friend did an incredible job. The use of music, the way it seamlessly works with what you see on screen, it's worthy of immense respect. The very particular pace of the story that follows the meticulous investigation of the mother into a local murder is captivating. The story keeps you guessing and surprises in moments when you'd never expect anything like it. This story is much more original than you'd first guess. The peculiar blend of genres manages to work. There are some outright hilarious moments here, alongside the absolutely tragic and morbid ones. A very offbeat tone to this movie. Worked perfectly for me. Another high note for me was the amazingly creative usage of flashbacks. Very pleasing and subtle. The only gripe I can think of is the somewhat slow first act of this movie, which was really not that much of a problem at all. Oh well. In the end, this movie is a very surprising and peculiar black comedy mixed with drama and a murder mystery. Incredibly well made. Recommended to pretty much everyone.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    Mother is a compelling mystery film about a woman trying to prove the innocence of her mentally-disabled son who is suspected in the murder of a teenage girl. Mother is a film that is surprisingly dark, but also surprising in its plot twists as it doesn't sanitize itself. It's a gripping film about the nature of being a mother and trying to protect offspring, no matter the cost. It's also tinged with dark humor, making the proceedings all the more unusual and provocative. It's not an easy viewing and don't expect happy endings, but if you're up for a provocative, darkly humorous, and provocative mystery, Mother will certainly be up your alley. I think it's one of the best films of the decade and one of the 100 best films I've ever seen. If you're up for something far out, Mother will certainly fit the bill.
  • 4.5 of 5 stars
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    Thanks to a spectacular lead performance and its thought-provoking story, director Bong Joon-ho managed to lead the audience on a journey full of family drama while successfully providing the brilliant twists and turns that a good mystery film contains.