Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★★

I just know watching this with my parents will be the absolute ultimate "Oh wait, that's the actor from _______!"

As soon as I finished my first watch of this, I knew I had to check it out again just because of how scattered I felt the first time. I'm both pleased and a little disappointed to say that my opinion hasn't really changed. This is a very well-crafted movie. It's exciting, everyone in the ensemble is delivering fantastic work, the directing and editing cater to the tension wonderfully, and Mulligan gives one of the best performances of the year. I just couldn't help but feel that it (or I) was missing something. I was hoping to discover that something on second watch, but without the nail-biting suspense of wondering what was going to happen next, I still couldn't find it. Again, while this is definitely one of the most entertaining movies of recent memory, it still felt a little surface-level to me. I'm still not sure how to articulate it, but I couldn't shake the sense that this movie could have dug just a little deeper or hit just a little harder. Having also seen Killing Eve season two, Fennell is obviously a writer who's more concerned with plot than anything else, and while she can create a banger of a story, her work feels like sour candy. It tastes great going down and has one hell of a kick, but it won't really satisfy my hunger in the way it could. And it really could. I can feel how close this film is to being satisfying, but it's like Fennell is focusing so hard on pulling the rug out from under you that she doesn't give you anything else to land on. I don't want to be harsh, and I do like this movie a lot for what it is. I just felt like it was so close to being more.