Mia Goth delivers yet another captivating performance in the delightfully twisted Pear, a follow-up to this year’s X from Ti West that serves as a prequel to the events of that film. Dripping with intrigue, humor, and brutality, this is one that you don’t want to miss.
Feeling stuck on her family farm as her desires to hit it big and become famous continue to grow, Pearl contends with her overbearing mother while taking care of her disabled father until she breaks. Fans of X will love what West and Goth have cooked up here with Peal, both of them sharing writing credits on the film. In fact, I liked this better than X for the character study the film ended up being. Goth is a brilliant young actress, her emotional range stunning and her facial expressions picking up where the dialogue left off. There are moments in the film where Goth does all of the heavy lifting through monologue that are simply riveting, passionate, and remarkable; Goth is a marvel. David Corenswet and Tandy Wright are both equally fantastic in their roles.
Pearl could have a bit more meat to it as it relies on style and delivery (the cinematography and sound design is perfect) rather than a satisfying exploration of Goth’s character’s psyche, but it all works as packaged. Aside from the central theme of feeling trapped while ambitions grow, I’m not quite sure what Pearl was trying to communicate other than the fact that the character is unhinged. There is still a lot of time to cover in the universe of X and Pearl, time that I wouldn’t mind seeing explored in future films.
Pearl hits theaters this Friday.