Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★★

Wow, this was all over the place, but I was really into most of it. I tried to not read much stuff on twitter to keep the experience fresh and I was pretty successful, with the exception of clips of Bo Burnham dancing and literally every one of Carey Mulligan's outfits. Both of them are so good here, Carey Mulligan has been a personal favorite of mine for a while and I loved her so much in this. There's so much going on with her, layers of identity, and she goes to some weird and extreme places, something she did so well in Wildlife recently. She's really amazing in this, way up there for my favorite performances of the year. I loved the crazy thriller side of this and the sweet romantic comedy side, it plays them both very well. A short, unexpected scene with Alfred Molina is another tonal shift, which as most reviewers on here have said, this movie is full of. Some stuff towards the end I'm not as sure about, on first viewing at least, but there's one of the film's best needle drops there too. From the opening moments to the closing credits, the soundtrack is frequent and note perfect. The music and the overall look and style of the film couldn't be stronger.

It might not be a masterpiece, but it's one of the year's most stylish and entertaining and Carey Mulligan was everything I was hoping for.

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