Now, picture this: Martin Scorsese, the 79-year-old director of tame, not at all shocking or violence-filled movies like “Goodfellas,” or “Taxi Driver,” watching Mia Goth decapitating and otherwise tearing her victims to shreds — and responding by doing the “Pointing Rick Dalton” meme and loving every second.
Well, it happened. A24 received this review from Scorsese himself, who simply gushes about Ti West’s new film.
“Ti West’s movies have a kind of energy that is so rare these days, powered by a pure, undiluted love for cinema. You feel it in every frame. A prequel to ‘X’ made in a diametrically opposite cinematic register (think 50s Scope color melodramas), ‘Pearl’ makes for a wild, mesmerizing, deeply — and I mean deeply — disturbing 102 minutes. West and his muse and creative partner Mia Goth really know how to toy with their audience … before they plunge the knife into our chests and start twisting. I was enthralled, then disturbed, then so unsettled that I had trouble getting to sleep. But I couldn’t stop watching.”
Indeed, a big appeal of “Pearl” is simply seeing West play with his influences to deliver a vastly different film, arguably the most different two horror movies from the same franchise have been since Jason Voorhees went to space. The technicolor cinematography and long takes, as opposed to the fast editing of “X” and its ’70s inspired aesthetic is simply awe-inspiring.
With Ti West confirming that another horror film set in the “Pearl” universe and starring Mia Goth is on the way, let’s hope Scorsese gives us another review. Come on, Marty, it’s been a while since you made a horror movie! Give us some unsettling, disturbing nightmares! I know you can do it.
Ti West’s “Pearl” is playing in theaters.