Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★½

Incredibly entertaining, with a perfect cast and a strong (though questionable) message. Although, I thought the direction was kind of loose outside of the climax and the romance with Bo desperately needed more early development. On a scene-by-scene basis, it remains a very good film.

My main concerns are with the big picture. It does make some very, VERY articulate arguments that I unfortunately haven’t seen in many other films. Emerald Fennell has a strong, righteous voice and I can’t wait to see what she does next. However, its conclusion ultimately solidifies this as a Death Wish movie for women. And what a shame! For most of the runtime, the film is dedicated to breaking down how our institutions protect rapists, and it’s 100% right every time. I just take issue with how it judges Cassie’s actions.

I would elaborate on exactly why I feel this way, but that is literally impossible to do without spoiling it.

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