Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★½

Mulligan is very good and there's moments when its attempt to reimagine rape revenge stories to a bubblegum pop surface is intriguing. Promising Young Woman to often plays like bad prestige TV: a bad ratio of themes to scenes, far too in love with its clever twists and casting decisions and taken by unearned ambivalance. Every scene with Burnham is very bad. It is telling that the movie prefers to waste time in the predictable ironies there than given Mulligan any inner life outside her revenge (which is another way of saying I'd rather watch a half hour of her hanging with her boss). There's a few scenes when the film does hit on something, but they just came and go as the film saddle to be fodder for think pieces.

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