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‘Pearl’ Is a Technicolor Origin Story That Gives Depth to Its Original Film

‘Pearl’: An ‘X’ Origin Story is now playing in theaters.

Mia Goth as Pearl in ‘Pearl’ (2022); A24

The moment I have been waiting for had come. Over this past weekend, I was able to catch a screening of Ti West’s ‘X’ prequel, Pearl. This has been one of my most anticipated films of September, my expectations were high. ‘X’ was an incredible homage to the Horror Slashers of the 1970s. For people unaware of the film, ‘X’ follows a group of adult actors who are set to shoot a film on an isolated farm. It is there they meet Howard and Pearl, an elderly couple who own the land. It is when the night falls that everything starts to take a turn for the worst. In the film, Mia Goth plays Maxine Minx an aspiring actress, and the elderly Pearl.

‘X’ also stars Brittany Snow, Jenna Ortega, Kid Cudi (Scott Mescudi), Stephen Ure, Martin Henderson, and Owen Campbell.

While shooting ‘X’ in New Zealand, Ti West and the star of the film, Mia Goth, shot ‘Pearl’. Not only did Mia Goth, reprise her role as Pearl in this film, but she also co-wrote the screenplay with West.

Mia Goth as Pearl in ‘Pearl’ (2022); A24

Unlike ‘X’, this film is not a horror-slasher. It is a compelling character study of how Pearl came to be who we know in the original film set in 1979. Don’t expect any major slasher kills from this film. The pacing of the film in the first half is slower yet, this helps with the world-building. We learn that Pearl lives on the farm with her mother and disabled father who she takes care of. The film takes place in 1918 during the Spanish Influenza pandemic. Howard, her husband is off fighting in WWI and Pearl feels more alone than ever.

‘Pearl’ doesn’t spend a lot of time developing its side characters. This was somewhat disappointing. This was a story about Pearl, so understandable to a degree. The development of Howard would have been a little satisfying (at least for me).

Mia Goth as Pearl in ‘Pearl’ (2022); A24

The performance of Mia Goth in this film will be talked about for years to come. Pearl’s unraveling and the six-minute monologue, Goth is a horror queen.

Again, Ti West does a fantastic job of tapping into the magic of early cinema, 1950s melodramas. ‘Pearl’ is filled with vibrant colors while a whimsical music score plays. There was not one silent scene in the film thanks to the score.

‘Pearl’ is equal parts sinister, entertaining, and reflective. This prequel gives a new depth to ‘X’. Again, ‘Pearl’ is not a horror-slasher film, it leans more toward horror-drama. Both movies are great in their own right and have two different tones. I am intrigued to see what the next film, ‘MaXXXine’ has in store for this series.

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Chelsea Alexandra

Chelsea Alexandra

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Top writer in Movies! 🎬🍿 An insufferable pop culture enthusiast who writes about Movies and TV. Loves drinking an iced coffee at 10 PM at night.