Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★★

“Can you guess what every woman’s worst nightmare is?”
- Cassandra

This is a “all men are trash” movie told to its fullest extent, and it makes some exceptionally well-versed creative choices to tell it right. Aside from my slight grievances with the film’s unexpectedly abrupt final turn, it’s made up for with Fennell’s smooth interspersing references to Christianity. Specifically Cassandra’s story aligning with Jesus’s in a lot of cases. She preaches her gospel in her own intentionally impactful way, and it’s a strong message that sticks.

Fennell’s stylishly crafted Killing Eve is definitely comparable to this revenge thriller. There’s a few particular scenes that represent some of Killing Eve’s charming chaos, and it’s beautiful.

If this film is to be represented at the Oscars (as it should), I think it would be more than appropriate to include Mulligan’s vitally memorable performance in lead actress, and Fennell’s decisive and intentional direction.

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