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'Pearl' review: Ti West and Mia Goth's 'X' prequel offers more camp of color than horror

Ti West’s Wicked EntertainmentX, which hit theaters earlier this year, ported the low-rent small-cast LA porn Crafted into Texas Chainsaw Massacre territory, then unleashed an unexpected evil on them. Its cinematic, bump-and-grind tactics double the joy of exploitation while subverting the norms of female sexuality, subverting the male gaze, and resurrecting the most horrific of returns, the mad sex-crazy witch . Six years back in time, Pearl has inspired more star dreams but ruthlessly destroyed them, which means someone has to pay the price in blood.

If the resulting series of kills is imaginatively limited and lacks a real fear factor, the prequel’s retro style is a treat. Cinematographer Elliott Rockett’s saturated colors almost pop off the screen, and the surging sound of Taylor Bates and Tim Williams’ vintage orchestral score heralds a high degree of drama from the start and danger. Retro title fonts and creative use of erase and dissolve in scene transitions complete the illusion of blinking 1918 .


Bottom line A Sirkian slasher movie? why not?

Place: Venice Film Festival (non-competition) Release Date: Friday, September 1235110997 Throwing : 1235110997Mia Goth, 1235110997 David Curranswaite , Tandy Wright, Matthew Sunderland, Emma Jenkins-Prow director: Ti WestWriter: Ti West, Mia Goth Rated R, 1 hour 1918 minutes

Just like Todd Haynes rethinks Far From Heaven , has Julianne Moore in response to having an out gay husband and a label oo interracial romance because of the love for Pitchfork and Axe felt very angry.

After double duty in X as aspiring porn queens Maxine and Pearl, shriveled farmers ‘s wife still longs to see herself in her mind as an object of desire on the screen, Mia Goth returns to lead role in , her innocence was just beginning to solidify. Her performance has the air of Shelley Duvall, both excited and terrified of overcoming her urge.

Goth & West co-wrote script during COVID quarantine New Zealand filmed for X, in Shot back to back on the same set Pearl and location. Even with the writing and pacing faltering—an overly verbose monologue about Pearl realizing that his dreams may still remain unfulfilled—nearly brings the film to a halt late in the action—Goth’s maddening, surreal energy and archetypal take on characters Commitment twists still reign supreme.

Pearl longs for her husband, who will no longer go to war as the deadly Spanish flu ravages the world. She lives in a farmhouse, is repressed by her strictly religious German immigrant mother Ruth (Tandy Wright), and helps care for her ailing father (Matthew Sunderland), who is silenced by his condition and immobile. But the depressed state of her life didn’t stop Pearl from wandering around her bedroom dreaming of being a painted dancer.

“I’m special,” she says, reflecting Maxine’s conviction in the early films that she has the “X factor.” “One day the whole world will know my name.” This belief in herself was mocked by a bitter Ruth, who predicted she was doomed. She also observed her daughter’s bizarre features, perhaps noting that the farm animals disappeared and were fed by Pearl to the crocodiles that lived in the lake.

Frustrated by dipping into her father’s morphine sulfate to relieve stress, Pearl flees as far as possible to the local movie theater, where the handsome projectionist (David Curranthwaite) ) became interested in her and encouraged her ambitions in the showbiz. At first, she remained loyal to her absent husband, working out her horns on cornfield scarecrows. But when the projectionist showed Pearl a racy European “art” film (a hilarious black-and-white ex-talkie western parody), sex between them was already in the air. She confided to him about being trapped with her parents: “If only they died.”

Although it will take some painful time and they won’t be the only casualties , because she’s pinning all her star hopes on an upcoming audition for a regional dance satire at a local church.

Meanwhile, when Ruth senses the darkness inside her daughter, she intensifies her restraint. “The viciousness is festering in you,” she told Pearl. “I can see, I’m not going to let you leave this farm again.” That’s bad news for everyone, including Pearl’s bubbly sister-in-law (Emma Jenkins-Prow), who sneaks away with her Attend dance auditions.

Goth is excellent at revealing those threads that barely tie Pearl together as they come apart and her sanity starts to slip, making her even more afraid of her own The ability to disturb people. “I’m missing something the rest of the world lacks,” she murmurs in a shaky voice, planning her escape from the farm, her carefully crafted fantasy and reality increasingly indistinguishable.

West and Goth don’t shy away from the savage savagery of the scene, but it’s still hilarious when Pearl begins to wreak havoc and her poor father can only watch in horrified silence. People shudder. When the audition went south, we felt her heartbreak, pushing her to the brink, a testament to the sweet and sinister collision of goth acting.

With the frenzy of action at the top, Pearl becomes an agent of chaos and a tragic figure, a vengeful Dorothy who refuses to enter the rainbow. The crimson red of the farmhouse porch wallpaper pulsates aggressively, and the roast suckling pig left on the porch by Ruth’s refusal to hand out turns into a swarm of maggots.

It’s hard to know what hardcore horror fans will think of this, as it’s mostly a riff on the traditional “female picture” trope with a hint of horrific hack and slash action, not the other way around. But as a cleverly packaged epidemic piece that echoes a narrative of global anxiety, it’s at least fresh. Another terrifying portrait of a young woman who longs for a life greater than the destiny she has been given, it is an interesting companion for X.

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Venue: Venice Film Festival (out of competition) Distribution: A16 Production Company: Little Lamb, in collaboration with Mad Solar Cast: Mia Gott, David Curranthwaite, Thandie Wright, Matthew Sunderland, Emma Jenkins-Prow
Director: Ti West
Writers: Ti West, Mia Goth
Producers: Jacob Jaffke, Ti West, Kevin Turen, Harrison Kreiss
Executive Producers: Mia Goth, Peter Phok, Sam Levinson, Ashley Levinson, Scott Mescudi, Dennis Cummings, Karina Manashil DP: Elliott Rockett Production Design Teacher: Tom Hammock1235110997 Costume Designer: Malgosia Turzanska Music: Tyler Bates, Tim Williams1235110997 Editor: Ti West Casting: Stu Turner, Kara Spica Rated R, 1 hour 42 minute

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