I am never bored by a Darren Aronofsky movie. I may be annoyed, I may be inspired, I may be confounded, but I’m never bored. He is an exhilarating and exasperating filmmaker, completely driven to put his audience’s soul in a vice. And yet there’s diversity in his filmography as it swings from gut-wrenching horrors to cerebral nightmares to melancholy conclusions. His films are big, bold, and ambitious, and while they don’t always work 100% of the time, I’m glad that he’s found a way to keep making movies in a marketplace that encourages conformity and chasing trends.
With his new film, mother!, now in theaters, I’ve gone back and ranked Aronofsky’s feature films from worst to best. Hopefully, like every Aronofsky movie, it will spark heated opinions, division, and conversation.