Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman

I haven't been able to stop thinking about this movie for two days straight.

I know that's not a lot of time, but the thing is I watch movies a lot. I watch them for work, sometimes during other work, for fun of course, and sometimes when I can't fall asleep and need something on. It's a lot of intake. So when one stops me in my tracks and stays with me, it makes an impact! While I've seen many movies over the last year that are new to me, I haven't seen many New ones because I haven't felt like shelling out $20 to rent them or joining whatever streaming service to see them. I think there's an impact to seeing something that's new, speaking to you in the moment(-ish) it was made for the moment in which you are living. This movie hit me square between the eyes and I've felt dazed and hazy ever since. It's been a long time since I've sat with a movie this continuously. Usually that'd have me recommending it left and right but I definitely would not endorse this for everyone. And I completely, completely understand why it is so polarizing and why some people hate it. usually if I hate a movie lots of people are talking about, I'll just bristle about it for a while and then kinda forget about it and move on to the next thing. I did not hate this movie. There are things about it I really did not care for, but it really sank its hooks into me. I haven't spent this much time thinking about a new film in a while. I haven't spent time reading up on a new movie, coverage and what other people are saying, for a long time. This made me feel like a film student again in the best of ways because it made me sit and think so much not just about what it was saying but how, and it made me want to study it. It fired up something in me that I haven't keyed into for a long time. So I watched it again and took copious notes before my rental period was up.

More cohesive thoughts to follow, film journal o' mine. So much to process, process, process.

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