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Promising Young Woman
« on: January 25, 2021, 01:34:43 AM »
Couldn't see a thread about this. Who's seen it?

Thought it was a corker. Lots of nuance and provocation, playing with the idea of revenge, subverting it and grounding it, toying with the notion of "satisfaction" in such a narrative. Never as simple as it might seem. Great casting choices as well.

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Re: Promising Young Woman
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2021, 01:47:39 AM »


Re: Promising Young Woman
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2021, 08:04:27 AM »
I saw it last night and came here looking for a thread. Loved it. Carey Mulligan blew me away (she’s always good, but can come across quite smug).

Very witty, slippery enough to keep you on your toes. Makes you think.

Re: Promising Young Woman
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2021, 09:45:03 PM »
Wow, amazing film. Really surprised more of you aren't talking about it!

A very powerful story, well acted, well paced, well told. Funny and punishingly bleak.

Highly recommended. It almost plays like a bizarro/inverse Gone Girl.

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Re: Promising Young Woman
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2021, 09:36:29 AM »
Consistently surprising and uncomfortable.

Spoiler for ending:

The smothering scene is fucking horrendous

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Re: Promising Young Woman
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2021, 05:23:27 PM »
yes loved it, better than The Dig too

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Re: Promising Young Woman
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2021, 06:26:32 PM »
Great film. I thought Bo Burnham was an excellent casting choice as someone who immediately seems trustworthy.

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Re: Promising Young Woman
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2021, 09:03:53 PM »
This is really good. As said, Mulligan is great here. Must be the best performance I've seen from her

Some decent twists and turns, and a banger of a final act

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Re: Promising Young Woman
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2021, 05:19:08 AM »
It was really good, but the ending was very silly, read the initial ending was the bad lads burning the body?That would have been  grimmer obviously but more impactful ending. 

Still a fun few hours and all of the cast nailing it. I like the shout outs to Night Of The Hunter also.

Re: Promising Young Woman
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2021, 12:11:20 AM »
Thought it was exceptional on many levels, though perhaps less so at the very end. Extremely impressive - interesting to follow it up with I Care A Lot this evening, also brilliant.

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Re: Promising Young Woman
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2021, 11:22:41 PM »
It was really good, but the ending was very silly, read the initial ending was the bad lads burning the body?That would have been  grimmer obviously but more impactful ending. 

Yeah I was expecting it to end there, but the police raid was a decent ending as well, a "justice of a kind but at what cost" sort of ending.

Re: Promising Young Woman
« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 03:42:21 PM »
Thought this was fairly bad. Naff, shallow, smug, toothless. The characters are so thin - here's Carey hanging out in her coffee shop, dissing customers and chatting with her cool sassy romcom boss, hip, witty exchanges you can write yourself in your head - mega cringe.

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Badly edited - some noticeable continuity fuckups and so on, and what's with that midsection montage that goes on 80% longer that i needs to?

I was disappointed that, as someone else said, she doesn't actually fuck anyone up - she just gives them a telling off. If she actually was a serial killer-torture-revenge person, it would have made the whole revenge genre flick pastiche work - instead it's just... mucking around.

I found her lectures sort of embarrassing. Like, one of the would-be rapists says, "I thought we had a connection!" and she says "Oh yeah? What's my job? Do you even know my name?" and the guy is flabbergasted like damn, she's got him there. But I couldn't help but think: "Come on. That isn't what he meant. He meant in the bar earlier they had some chemistry, they were flirting, that's a connection." (I understand that isn't what happened because whole routine is that she's too drunk for any of that sort of thing to happen, and she never reciprocates anything - but like much of the film it felt too easy somehow, too straightforward, too dumb.)

I liked that she set Alison Brie up for a revenge rape, as it embraces the nastiness of the genre concept and made her much more complex and contradictory - but it turns out that didn't happen either, not because Carey is a Paul Bateman fantasist but because she's simply, boringly, above reproach. It would also have raised the stakes for the final confrontation at the bachelor party, because we'd have known what she was capable of.

I thought the ending was going to be more interesting than it was - like, ha, she just failed, the cops don't care because she was a slut and the patriarchy wins, what an ending, a big meta punchline. But that didn't happen, oh well.

As far as hip contemporary films addressing similar themes goes, it was way less effective or interesting than Under the Skin or I'm Thinking of Ending Things. Radically different films but they express some related sentiments with far more ingenuity and creativity and make much bolder statements.

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