Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★★½

Since the start of the pandemic, I had been to the theater exactly once—on my birthday, when I found a completely-empty screening of Tenet. Today, after tracking down another empty matinee screening, I donned my mask, reserved my seat online, and made my way back to the cinema to see Promising Young Woman. After thoroughly wiping down my seat, I settled in—theater to myself—just as the trailers began to play. For the first time in years... I enjoyed watching trailers. Before the film even started, I could tell that this was an escape my mental health needed after a pretty rough holiday. And then Emerald Fennell’s film starred to play... and I loved every second of it.

Promising Young Woman is not a film for everyone. It’s certainly got the potential to be quite triggering, and isn’t a film that I’d recommend blindly. But it also features a delicately-balanced screenplay that tackles a difficult subject matter with care, yet still manages to be wholly-entertaining, even adding elements of humor. Carey Mulligan is marvelous in the lead, and her interactions with Bo Burnham in particular are outstanding. To say too much about the narrative would spoil some of its power, but I am glad that Promising Young Woman exists, I’m glad I got to see it, and it’s the movie I needed today.

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