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MaXXXine - Review

I Will Not Accept a Life I Do Not Deserve.

3.5 / 5

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Directed by Ti West.

In 1980s Hollywood, adult film star and aspiring actress Maxine Minx finally gets her big break.

MaXXXine is a blood-soaked love letter to Hollywood that transports audiences back to the 80s.

Ti West has achieved no mean feat in getting this trilogy out in record time, each with its own take on a distinct era of horror. MaXXXine is a bigger and meaner beast than its predecessors, allowing breathing time between productions to create a deserving finale to the trilogy. The Hollywood setting takes the series to a new level with impressive set design and 80s needle drops to create an immersive playground for Maxine's rise to fame.

Mia Goth's star shines bright in the titular role with an impressive supporting cast, even if most are only on screen for a few minutes. Kevin Bacon's despicable John Labat and the stern Elizabeth Bender played by Debicki are wonderful sparring partners for Goth to bounce off.

But ultimately, Maxxxine's laser focus on its commitment to a homage to the grime of 80's Hollywood ends up making it a victim of its own success - losing the distinct personality that made Ti West’s X & Pearl so memorable in the first place.

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