Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★★

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This review may contain spoilers.

Dynamic and bold, exploding with colour, sizzling with ideas, and featuring an electrifying performance from Carey Mulligan. Bo Burnham is also amazing, as well as the always vivid Alison Brie, Alfred Molina, etc. Great music too, making the story crackle with fun amid the dark subject matter.

Two unexpected twists took me out of the movie. One felt inauthentic after all that was built up. One was a letdown that caused the otherwise cathartic ending to ring hollow. I'm sure that was the point, to bring it all back to earth and remind everyone how high the stakes are outside of movie land. But to me it felt like a fundamental cinematic rule was broken and fizzled as a result. My wife thought it tracked perfectly though, so maybe it struck a nerve. Either way, well worth checking out to see where it leaves you.

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