Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★

The target is deservedly hit here, but I'm afraid I think the truly chilling coup de grace -- which is the only section of the movie that's really firing -- is on a shaky foundation of predictable douchebro stereotypes, girl power revenge movie tropes, and cheeky pop formal tricks. Now, the project may be to lull me into a feeling of safety before the rug pull, but that doesn't change the fact that not much groundwork is being done with a character about whom we learn materially nothing outside of her trauma, despite a largely terrific performance from Mulligan. This isn't an incoherent film, far from it, but it is bad at being intentionally thorny.

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