Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★½

Emerald Fennell’s script turns the tables on the romantic comedy with an intoxicating set up that’s spiked with snark and searing satire.

Mulligan’s barista by day, male-predator avenger by night, scratches away at the deceiving “nice guy” image, revealing the malice that lurks beneath the surface. It’s a double-life that makes Mulligan appear like some kind of real-life vigilante. Her performance is good, but she really comes alive when she turns on her sociopathic switch.

I really liked how Promising Young Woman spooks and shakes up the enablers, bystanders, non-believers, and judgy ignorants that attribute alcohol/life choices to sealing the fate of sexual assault victims. It’s a nuanced piece with character construction that feels horrifyingly real, the men especially. 

The pop banger soundtrack instantly won me over, with the Spice Girls’ 2 Become 1 earning a 1/2 star alone. The film’s third act is superbly bold and semi-satisfying. I just wish it played out a little bit differently. I am so on board with Fennell’s Zatanna flick though - such a cool break for her! 🎩

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