Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

That was a wild rollercoaster! Did anyone else think that Ryan (Bo Burnham) was going to turn out to be a sociopath in the third act, manipulating Cassie into a relationship only to destroy her like "she did" to so many other men (those men did it to themselve though just to be clear)?

Instead of that, the ending really has me thinking about how hard it is to pin down a white man for a crime that a woman literally has to kill herself and provide her own evidence in order to get an arrest.

At the same time though, did Cassie really need to go to those lengths to accomplish her goal of ruining Al's life like he did Nina's? Couldn't she have just released the video and destroyed his marriage and career that way? Or was Cassie so affected by Ryan's betrayal that she knew she would never find happiness, so why not go all scorched earth on them all?

Emerald Fennell has created a film that will likely be stuck in my mind for quite a while, with this shocking and well executed screenplay. Carey Mulligan in her fuzzy sweaters brings the role of Cassie to life in a way that I don't think anyone else could. It's crazy that over the course of a decade she went from a shy schoolgirl in An Education to this powerhouse performance.

That's not to say that the rest of the cast were slouches though! It was a terrific ensemble film with many prominent stars making one-scene cameo appearances. My personal favorite was Alfred Molina turning in a incredibly complex performance, given that he has less than five minutes of screentime.

Finally, one last thing....


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