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Emerald Fennell‘s Promising Young Woman is an incendiary work of filmmaking that’s bound to get people talking, not because it’s looking for attention, but because it’s angry and sad in all the best ways. The film makes big swing after big swing not to be showy, but because it’s pissed off about a conversation that’s long overdue and a culture that shields criminals and discards victims. Fennell has crafted a movie about rape where no one actually says the word “rape” because it hangs in the air in every scene, in every interaction, in every excuse. I was absolutely floored by Promising Young Woman, not just because Fennell proves she’s already a master of her craft with her first feature film, but because it’s unapologetic in pointing out complicity. With an unforgettable lead performance from Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman is like a Valkyrie cry that will leave your ears ringing.
Cassie (Mulligan) was a brilliant med school student before she dropped out under mysterious circumstances seven years ago. These days, she works at a coffee shop with her friend Gale (Laverne Cox) and at night she pretends to get drunk, some guy inevitably preys on her, and then when they get back to his place, she reveals she is stone cold sober and there will be a reckoning. When she meets up with her old classmate Ryan (Bo Burnham), she sees the possibility of perhaps leaving behind her mission of vengeance, but is torn between a life of peace and her need to avenge an old friend.
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There’s a lot more going on than that, but to go on would spoil some of the film’s best reveals. What you need to know about Promising Young Woman is that it takes on rape culture in a way we’ve never really seen before...
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