Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★★★

Promising Young Woman is intelligent, socially relevant, and most of all, heartbreaking. As a female revenge thriller, it's not nearly as violent and provocative as the likes of I Spit on Your Grave, or Revenge, but its stone cold depiction of a society where men get away with hurting women, is every bit as starling as the crazy world in Women Under the Influence, where a father would allow his son-in-law to abuse his own daughter without any protests.

Promising Young Woman is a daunting tale of two promising young women, whose promising futures are upturned forever by their privileged male counterparts. It's simply disheartening to witness the main character Cassie, a 30-year-old woman who has been stuck in a traumatic past because of a society that's only sympathetic to "promising young men", which makes her well-planned wild journey of seeking revenge all the more liberating and satisfying. Carey Mulligan was such a revelation in this, playing a deeply troubled, yet still mentally tough character with unbelievable conviction and emotional range. Won't be surprised if she wins the Oscar for the role. Bo Burnham was also hugely impressive as Cassie's love interest, pulling off a character that's far more complicated than meets the eyes, and him singing Paris Hilton is another highlight you won't forget.

What makes Promising Young Woman memorable is its disturbing script on top of a deceivingly sugary cinematography, where the genre expectations are constantly subverted, so much so that you simply couldn't take anything at face value. It's only during the last 5 minutes, that writer/first time director Emerald Fennell's sneaky mastermind finally reveals its true form, and you just can't help but cry happy tears for its excellence. Highly recommended.

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