Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★½

I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I thought I would based on what I’d heard about it. At first I wasn’t really sure what to make of it, but I overall liked the movie. I don’t have much to say so I’ll try and keep this one brief.

The first 30 or so minutes had me worried. It seemed very on the nose with its thematic elements and luckily it becomes a bit more nuanced as it continues. The first 30 or so minutes aren’t nearly as strong as the later parts of the movie. I liked all of the performances. Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham are great. They have good chemistry and I like where their characters end up as the story unfolds. I don’t think I’ve seen Bo Burnham in many roles like this, but I was quite surprised by his performance. 

Something I didn’t know going into this was that this was a dark comedy. It’s not laugh out loud funny, but it has a lot of humor in its presentation. It has a really touchy subject manner and I liked how it did something creative with the “rape revenge” sub genre of movies. There’s many points in the movie where it feels very intentionally on the nose to mislead the audience. For a good middle chunk of this movie it seems like a average romantic comedy with this underlying dark element to it. When things do shake up towards the last 30 minutes all of that is paid off and I like how things quickly change. 

I liked how this rape revenge thing has more than one perspective and has some moral ambiguity behind it. You understand the main character and why she wants to do this and you understand that these people aren’t good. As the movie continues you start to question whether if what she’s doing to these people is right. I like all of those elements and how it wasn’t just telling you how to feel about it. 

Check this movie out, I’m pretty late to the party with this one but I did enjoy the movie. I’ve been taking somewhat I’ve a break from watching movies, but I’m trying to catch up. This is definitely worth watching.