I  am a huge fan of JLo. This is why I watched her latest film, THE MOTHER. It was not worth my time and was pretty disappointing overall. 

Jennifer Lopez plays an informant who is in hiding and has impressive skills from her military training. She can shoot, fight, run, and drive anything with wheels. Her survival skills are off the chart. She is tough and will do anything to protect her child. It is a complicated story of a mother’s love, but not in the usual sense. Be prepared for anything.

The action scenes are fun, filled with holes, and there are excellent chasing moments. Jennifer is in perfect shape, if you hadn’t ever noticed. She plays this character very “monotonish,” which does not work. I wanted more from her and the entire ensemble. Very one-dimensional, and that was the problem. 

I often did not feel the urgency, and that is the fault of the writing. I needed to know more details. Peel some hidden layers and give viewers more reasons to care. Because I did not feel much for THE MOTHER, this film took precious moments of my time, especially on Mother’s Day. I am still a huge follower of JLo’s. Can someone write her a romantic comedy, please? 

THE MOTHER is available to stream on NETFLIX. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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