Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman

Imo, this film really begs to be a limited Netflix series. I know that sounds like an insult these days, but I think it would have benefited tremendously from a bit of breathing room. The structure already feels pseudo-serialized across the span of a nearly 2 hours runtime, so that extra bit of character development and moments of pause actually would feel quite natural. The film announces its motives and messages pretty early on, but I was still happy to discover that it kept me guessing plot-wise. I was never entirely sure where it was going to take me which I appreciated. Carey Mulligan swallows this film whole. The casting overall is inspired and feels like a meta pop culture showcase as some have pointed out, having the good boys of the aughts play against type. Not in love with it, but it was genuinely pretty fun to watch regardless of its heavy-handedness.