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The Quick Explanation
The main thing to understand about X is that it’s a metafilm. What does that mean? It means that the movie is essentially a commentary on movies and watching movies. The motif of filmmaking creates some interesting layers of perspective: who is watching who? And what do each of us see when we’re watching?
X uses that format to extract several themes. Perhaps the most prominent theme is the film’s commentary on America, which was at a crossroads in the 1970s when individualism started to trump collectivism and nationalism. The other important theme is the importance of finding yourself in such a changing landscape. Maxine becomes the centerpiece for both of these explorations. She desperately wants to live her life to the fullest while she’s young. But her lookalike elder counterpart, Pearl, is a looming demon of what she (and the rest of Maxine’s generation) could become.
- Mia Goth – Maxine “Max” Minx / Pearl
- Jenna Ortega – Lorraine “Raine” Day
- Brittany Snow – Bobby-Lynne Parker
- Scott Mescudi – Jackson Hole
- Martin Henderson – Wayne Gilroy
- Owen Campbell – R.J. Nichols
- Stephen Ure – Howard
- Ti West – Director and writer
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