Ti West completely nails it yet again with Pearl, Pearl serves as a prequel to X which released back in March of this year. Much like what he did with X when he made the film look like something straight out of the 70s and 80s horror film era, Pearl is made to look like a technicolor (even though they didn’t actually use technicolor they still did a fantastic job or replicating it) film from the 1930s (think Wizard Of Oz), the film is absolutely gorgeous and like X captures the time period it takes place in. Mia Goth completely hits it out of the park once again as Pearl, she gives one of the best performances so far this year and completely dives deep into her character. There’s some truly horrifyingly effective moments that she pushes with her role, there’s a 6 minute monologue that is tragic, horrifying and absolutely beautiful all at the same time that really captivates the viewer. The writing is truly masterful the amount of attention to detail the film goes in with the characters especially Pearl is truly inspiring and fascinating, the atmosphere is thrilling there’s something very eerie about the town the film takes place in. Where anything can happen at any given moment, it matches the type of town you would have in a nightmare it’s truly haunting and the style of the film only makes it that more effective. Ti West’s direction is once again absolutely fantastic, once again West truly understands the horror genre so he expresses that here. Which is a different type of horror that X was so it’s quite fascinating to see him completely master not one but types of horror in the exact same year, finally Pearl as a film stands on it’s own it’s far different than X that while yes is a prequel could be considered it’s own film (although there’s a few callbacks to X but not very huge ones). Overall Pearl is one of the best films of the year (my favorite so far this year) it’s a beautifully crafted film that truly hit it out of the park, it’s a nightmare of a film that I truly recommend!
Pearl is available In theaters.