Stanley Scorsese’s review published on Letterboxd:
After watching Wonder Woman 1984, I was really disappointed and I shouldn’t have wasted $20 for a ticket. But after seeing Promising Young Woman, holy shit! It changed my views on what the movie would turn out, and it blew me away!
Promising Young Woman is about a vengeful woman who hunts down predatory men, while plotting against the people who did her wrong due to a tragic event from the past.
I went back into the theaters yesterday after watching the new Wonder Woman, and this was actually better than I thought it was. I was very skeptical on how it played out before watching it. But I didn’t want to waste money by walking out in the middle just like I did on Monster Hunter. I was worried about seeing another “woke” or an extremely liberal movie that people are hyping up for no reason. But I was proven wrong, because it turned my expectations around! Next time my wife and I have the weekend off, I’m going to take her to see it, and she would love it!
The cast was terrific! This might be the 4th movie I’ve seen Carey Mulligan in after Drive, The Great Gatsby, and Shame. Although she has been nominated for an Oscar, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe, she doesn’t get a lot of talk for doing these critically acclaimed films. Mulligan plays Cassie Thomas, a college dropout who works at a coffee shop by day. But by night, she goes to bars to meet predatory men by pretending to be drunk, and then confront them when they try to take advantage of her. But at the same time, she’s vows vengeance on the people who screwed her friend over when she was sexually assaulted in college. I love it how she gets into these characters’s mind by being psychotic while confronting them. You also have Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Jennifer Coolidge, Clancy Brown, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, and surprisingly comedic stars like Max Greenfield, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
This was Emerald Fennell’s first film as a filmmaker. She might be popular in her native country in England, but I know I never heard of her before. I will say she did a fantastic job writing the screenplay, and directing the film! In a way, Promising Young Woman looked like a modern Brian DePalma film, and it gives those vibes in the film! With all the subject matter inside a rape and revenge film, it doesn’t come off as being a movie made by an SJW or a woke filmmaker. But at the same time, Fennell does portray and show how social injustice goes without smothering the viewers with forcing a dumbass political message.
I also liked the cinematography, the editing, and the musical score! I liked how they used an orchestrated version of Britney Spears’s song Toxic, it was like how Michael Abels did it on the song I Got 5 On It for the movie Us. I’m not going to spoil anything for the readers, because I know everyone will want to go see it, or wait until it’s out to stream or to rent from Redbox. But the ending will first leave you indignant, but it will shock you. I’m not making this up! At the end, you’ll think, “Holy Jesus, this was an amazing movie! I’m glad I watched this than Wonder Woman 1984!”
Promising Young Woman is definitely one of the best films of 2020, and I want to see it get a more acclaimed by seeing more people going into watching it and talk about it afterwards. But I doubt that’s going to happen. So if you guys want to have a night out with your wife or girlfriend, take them to see it. I suggest checking it out while it’s still in theaters! Because I know I’m planning on taking my wife to see it soon!
I’m giving Promising Young Woman 4.5 stars!