Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★★★

“It's every man's worst nightmare, getting accused of something like that.”
“Can you guess what every woman's worst nightmare is?”

One of my personal favorites of the 2020-2021 awards season, and IMO, really one of the best movies of the year. What an entertaining, satirical, spine-tingling, and at-times jaw-dropping film by writer/director Emerald Fennell featuring a fucking badass performance from Carey Mulligan. It’s Kill Bill meets #MeToo. 

The pacing of the movie is great — it moves right along, hit-to-hit, beat-to-beat. It’s consistently stylish and smart. The script is at-times tongue-in-cheek, and the introduction of the men in khakis and business-casual garb dancing on the stage is freakin’ hilarious, and a great way to set the tone of what we should expect while watching.

Loved the allusion to The Night of the Hunter. Kinda perfect.

The version of “Toxic” by Britney Spears featured in this film is so epic, and is used to such an effective and chilling effect. Also, the movie started with Charli XCX, so major points for that. As an aside, the whole soundtrack was pretty awesome.

The last 15 minutes… bruh. I predicted some of the events to happen, but let’s just say I was still pleasantly surprised at how some of it unfolded. Quite chilling and angering, how certain things unfold. I love the ending (talking like the last 1 minute) -- a very fitting one for all the characters.

Being a little vague with this review because I don’t want to be the one to ruin it for you. I’m just here to tell you it’s very good! And if you’re a man that’s being sensitive about being “targeted,” you need to take a better look in the mirror and perhaps think about any times in your life when you may have been out-of-line. Lots of guys floating on: their reputations, careers, families, lives in general unharmed after the severe trauma they caused to defenseless women (of course, it goes both ways, but let’s not deny that men are usually the ones guilty in this coercion).

Fuck Brock Turner.

“Look how easy that was. I guess you just had to think about it in the right way. I guess it feels different when it's someone you love.”

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