This is a difficult movie to review as it is open to interpretation on so many levels. It is a good movie, if you know the Filmmaker’s intentions, but it may appear to be random and not make much sense, if you don’t.
So, I went in blind, but my advice to audiences is to watch out for the biblical connotations! That’s about all I’m going to tell you, without being a total spoiler.
It is also important to note that none of the characters have names.
The movie begins with a beautiful young woman (Jennifer Lawrence), who lives with her somewhat older husband (Javier Bardem), in a tranquil and beautiful house in the country. The house was her husband’s family home, which had burnt almost to the ground some time before. The man is a famous poet who is currently suffering from writer’s block which is frustrating him and making him a little temperamental. The woman is very artistic and talented and she has rebuilt and is decorating the house single-handedly.
One evening, a mysterious stranger (Ed Harris) arrives at their house, and the poet invites him to stay over, despite his wife’s misgivings as they know nothing about him. That night strange things start to happen, and the young woman is totally bewildered, and the next morning the man’s wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrives and from then on weird, unexplained, super natural events become the order of the day, not to mention the house being over-run by strangers and pandemonium breaking out.
The imagery is superb as is the A-list cast, who give brilliant performances. The anticipation of something about to happen is present throughout the movie, and the suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final credits roll.
The movie was written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, and released by Paramount Pictures.
The movie releases at cinemas countrywide on Friday, 10 November, and is classified 16 H L V.