BrayMitch01’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Promising Young Woman is a fantastic movie. I’ve been excited to see this film for a while now and I went into it with pretty high expectations. I totally understand why a handful of people dislike this film but it had so many positive and impressive aspects that I knew I would end up loving it from the second the film started. The plot is great it’s a very engaging and interesting story. It’s a story that doesn’t show the immense conflicts of rape lightly but it also keeps a cleverly garish sense of liveliness that makes most of the plot points feel fresh. The plot structure feels familiar and completely unique at the same time. The romance between Cassie and Ryan worked very well with the central story too. Also the constant use of simple saying like “You’re so pretty” or “We we’re just kids” begins to become deeply disturbing as the twisted events of the story unfollow. I have to mention that I loved the references to Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter as well. There is a couple of flaws with the story the biggest ones being that there is a few very bold plot points that could have been left out and noticeable plot holes especially during the third act.
The pacing is great since the film tells such an engaging story there really isn’t a single slow or uninteresting moment. At parts of the film I couldn’t look away from the screen because of how gripping it felt. The acting is fantastic Carrey Mulligan gives a fantastic performance. She gives such a motley and immersive performance where she skillfully conveys the essence of a deeply disturbed and vengeful woman. She definitely gives my favorite performance of 2020. Bo Burnham gives a great supporting performance he plays a comedic relief but important character well. Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, and Chris Lowell give good supporting performances as well.
The direction is fantastic from Emerald Fennell, almost all of her directorial choices felt personal and consistent with the story’s tone. It’s hard to believe that this was her first time directing a film. I’ll be interested to see what see does in the future. The script is fantastic it’s such a swift and witty script full of very well written pieces of dialogue. Ever since I first saw it Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 script has been my favorite screenplay of last year but the more I think about it this film’s script may have stole that position. The cinematography is great the film consists of shots that feel close and in depth but also a handful of shots that felt eerily distant. The ending is an elaborate and surprising ending that leaves you to reflect on what you just watched. I understand why many thought the ending was dissatisfying but I personally loved it. Overall Promising Young Woman is a purely fresh drama/thriller that brilliantly captures a very serious issue while maintaining a boldly energetic tone, it’s a film that will most likely engrave it’s self in your mind.