MAXXXINE – “A lurid and cutting ode to ‘80’s sleaze”

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RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: Ti West (Pearl – 2022)

MAIN CAST

Mia Goth as Maxine Minx
Elizabeth Debicki as Elizabeth Bender
Moses Sumney as Leon
Michelle Monaghan as Detective Williams
Bobby Cannavale as Detective Torres
• Halsey as Tabby Martin
Lily Collins as Molly Bennett

SYNOPSIS

It is the third installment in the X film series and a direct sequel to X (2022)

After surviving a massacre in Texas, Maxine continues to pursue her dreams of becoming a famous actress, all while evading the Night Stalker in 1985 in Los Angeles.

REVIEW SUMMARY

A lurid and cutting ode to ‘80’s sleaze, MaXXXine makes for a worthy conclusion to Ti West’s horror trilogy. Of course, the standout of the film (as with the previous outings) is Mia Goth’s wholly committed performance. Goth once again throws herself into the role and goes “balls to the wall” with it, turning the intensity to max levels. And while Goth is a scene devourer, the movie also features some other scene stealers, including (but not limited to) Giancarlo Esposito and Kevin Bacon – both of whom appear to be having a blast in their respective roles. MaXXXine’s biggest triumph, however, is it’s “coked-up” 80’s vibe. The production design, music and lighting elements are all pitch-perfect, clearly paying homage to the sleazy B-movie offerings of the 1980s. Trust me, it’s all very visually engaging. West has also infused an impressive amount of “Easter eggs” and pop culture references into the film. There’s a lot of fun nods if you look for them. Although, you may not have to look too hard, as some can be fairly “on the nose.” And while the movie makes for a great satire – especially for the time’s “Satanic Panic,” it’s not so much a terrifying horror flick. I’m not sure I was scared once if I’m being completely honest. It’s got some great slasher moments, but the frights ultimately take a backseat to all the narrative cheekiness. The story also falls into predictable territory, I’m afraid. Regardless of its unevenness though, MaXXXine, like Goth, still finds a way to leave a lasting impression!

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