Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★½

I am not at all surprised that the majority of Letterboxd is eating this shit up like gospel. Perfect movie for the twits of Twitter.

Carey Mulligan carries this thing, and I feel like her performance was wasted on a wildly uneven and somewhat nonsensical story. The film swings through wobbly tonal shifts that keep everything uncentered until a genuinely strange last 20 minutes that seem to come out of nowhere.

The filmmakers also make very little use of the scope frame; the majority of the shot compositions are either straightforward and approaching uninspired or odd and obscure. There are also very few if any (none immediately pop into mind) close ups. Because of that and some lenient editing, the movie feels bigger than it should be and It makes the material seem fairly thin overall.

I can’t say I’m terribly interested in what Emerald Fennell does next.

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