Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★

Well I know why this film is being reviewed on the "Still Processing" podcast because that's exactly what I am doing. Hate to say this about a film with so many ideas, but it needed one or two more clues or flourishes to knit things up. I just don't know what to make of the way the dénouement pulls the rug out from under its carefully crafted setup. In the end, it doesn't quite strike the nerve it's aiming for. Tonally discordant but held together by Carey Mulligan's grief-drenched performance. The film gaslights the audience the way sexual assault gaslights its survivors. Despite the limitations, it's good to see an ambitious horror film up for best picture at the Oscars. Included in my ranking of 2020 films.