Darren Aronofsky's mother! — which includes the lowercase "m" and the exclamation point — is an unquestionably brilliant movie, even if its initial effect is less than brilliant. It's a movie that demands consideration and examination, all the more so because it seems to be one thing for about 90 to 95% of its running time, and then suddenly becomes something else. The effect is shocking, disorienting, and as moviegoers programmed to see things a certain way, it's easy to resist, to mock or dismiss. It's a movie that asks big questions, of a spiritual/cosmic nature, and it's ambitious in ways that art house films in the 1960s, films like Last Year at Marienbad or L'Eclisse were ambitious. Not everything is explained, but the material is there for plenty of deep thought...