Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

You know that tired as shit question and always so boring same old same old answers of "what's the Oscar category that you'd like to add". Forget stunts and casting, SAG Awards honor those, let's get a Music Supervision/Soundtrack award up and running or at the very least incorporate it in a revival of the Song Score category they used to have! This movie uses pre existing music so well to tell its story like Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino films often are lauded for with well thought out and not obvious needle drops and a magical scene to the Paris Hilton tune "Stars Are Blind" in the middle of the movie. Carey Mulligan is scary good in this being equally frightening when she explains herself to the people that she seeks revenge on and also compassionate to what motivates these run ins after the death of her best friend that she has not been able to shake off even though she has been told to move on. She leads a really stellar cast that includes a really charming performance from Bo Burnham as a lovable goofball until that takes a devastating hard turn when actions of his past come to light, the great Jennifer Coolidge and Clancy Brown as her parents, an unhinged Alison Brie, and cameos from Molly Shannon and Connie Britton that steal the movie as well. One of the great aspects of this movie is the casting of the men Mulligan has run ins with having people like Adam Brody, Christopher Mintz Plasse, Max Greenfield, Chris Lowell, and Burnham who are all known for playing lovable guys but speaks to the man point the movie is getting about how predatory men come in all shapes and sizes and even the ones that seem like sweet and innocent can cross the line just as easy as anybody else. The movie is somewhat of a high wire act that I thought might come off a little too winky from the trailers that utilize Mulligan's first big monologue that seemed like this might become a little preachy but those moments aren't really utilized as much as I thought it would be. The movie can get pretty skin crawling but at times very lovely like I said about Bo when that relationship starts to flourish you really do think Carey has found the perfect guy and she will move on from this vengeful experiment with these men at bars but then it is revealed to her that he is not totally the man she thought she knew. I actually also anticipated this to be much more violent than it actually was but the finale is quite harrowing but leads to a very interesting ending. Emerald Fennell is definitely one to watch after a rocky handing of the torch to helm Killing Eve in its second season but this is a really electrifying jump to film and I can't wait to see what else she has in store. I will note that the preview screening I saw this was in the Dolby Theater for some reason and I would not recommend seeing it like that because there are some scenes where Carey is just walking up the stairs to her house and it felt like Godzilla was walking on screen in her heels and it just took me out of the movie. Very strong movie that I'll be thinking about for sometime now and among the best of the year!

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