Film Review - “MOM”
(director - Austin Foxx)
4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Mom is a movie about loss, grief and how each one deals in a totally different way. Austin Fox not only served an amazing performance as the lead actor but also directed the film in the weird and eerie way it was supposed to be filmed. Such a tragedy as the one we are about to witness in the film is possible to be filmed in many different ways.
William (Austin Fox) after finding the body of his mother.
The director chose an innovative in my opinion point of view that combines elements from a variety of genres. The biggest part of the film is its middle part. This is the part of the movie that we watch the three siblings trying to survive on their own after their mother’s tragic death.While the death of their mother happens because of a struggle a lot of people face, the reason they are trying to survive on their own is creepy and not so usual.
This is one of the things that gives the film its eerie energy. Another indicator of that eerie energy is the choice of the actors. Kinley Moody, Tristan Riggs and of course Austin Foxx execute their parts amazingly.
Aurora, William and Alex are getting groceries by themselves.
The movie focuses on how the siblings make this new system of care and hierarchy work for a serious period of time, and all that with the absence of any adult caregiver. As it is only logical, this system crashes after the youngest sibling gets injured and the kids must address another crisis, but this time it is no longer possible since the underage caregiver reaches an emotional limit. From now on, William needs to be a child again. Survival is written on people regardless of their age and Foxx proves that to us with Mom.
Although, there is also proof that the artistic skills are also irrelevant with someone’s age. The direction is very professional. The weird beauty of all three children strengthen the film’s pale and sarcastic character and the whole feeling reminds us more of European cinema.
I do not want to insist on mentioning the director's age because even if I find it interesting and refreshing, the film is objectively good and is much better than a lot of films of so called experienced filmmakers.
One last thing I would like to comment on is the ability of the director to act/perform because this is an amazing skill for a filmmaker, something that all directors want and a lot of them try but not many succeed on.
This ability will be a power tool for Foxx so he can create movies with great acting performances.