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SpacePaulsWho forgets that they have a rape tape?
MrWHad a very mixed response to this one, alas.
First things first, though: Carey Mulligan is extraordinary in it. She just has an absolutely perfect grasp on what's happening, even when the rest of the film doesn't.
Alas, there are plenty of moments when the film gets awkwardly lost in what it's trying to do. There's absolutely a film out there that can be a cheeky topical satire, study of trauma and playful revenge film all at once. But the tone often feels wrong here, stumbling between different registers and moods without fully landing the jumps.
The last act is where it all kind of falls apart.
It's a shame things don't come together, because there's lots to like. As said, Mulligan is astoundingly good here and deserving of all the accolades. Fennell is an obviously promising director, and the vibrant colour palette and magnificent costume work are a joy to behold. There's a lot of really good scenes, too:
It's a film I definitely admired for trying to speak bluntly about tricky subject matter - society's attitudes towards rape and consent will always be worthy of critique and examination. But PYW can't quite navigate the thorny maze it puts itself in - it addresses its subject matter head-on, but can't wrap that into a coherent narrative. A valiant effort that takes some big swings, but a rather unsatisfactory film in the end.
frankqbA somewhat humourous evisceration of macho/rape culture with a spine-tingling performance by Carey Mulligan. Definitely worth a watch!
SiskoidAs a rape-revenge fantasy, Promising Young Woman is at once more playful and more distressing than the norm. At times, the movie has a lot of fun making you think something different is happening, and toying with romcom tropes (of all things), but it's also much more grounded than some of the extreme vigilante stuff that has marked the subgenre. It's a black comedy, if anything, and someone spit in it, but you're gonna drink it anyway. Yes, it can be quite blunt about the issue it's dealing with, even didactic, but the only real problem here is that these things still need to be said. And they do. We just saw them play out in recent U.S. Supreme Court appointments. The movie takes us through the entire process of men being the victims in a system that happily destroys women, with the wry satirical wit that also gave us the title. And it might not have worked without an engaging performance from Carey Mulligan, who you're able to root for, possibly even if she crosses the line. Great supporting cast too, especially Bo Burnham, who gets to be funny while you wait for the other shoe to drop (and it doesn't matter if it does, because the tension is all).
JazzyIt's a good movie but really distressing, this isn't a fun revenge romp like the trailer suggests.
FonzleclayWhat a picture! It definitely feels like a directorial debut, in a good way. Emerald Fennell throws everything she has at this movie, she goes for the gusto and makes a big impression. Nothing is played safe and it’s all the more powerful for it. And of course it’s held together by an empowering performance by Carey Mulligan. I am blown away.
vicccA real-world Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie is one of the producers) indulges in a bubblegum-and-GHB revenge fantasy against the preppy, macho men who once crossed her. The darkness of the victim's rage is given full vent here, but with twist upon twist.
bouldermanVery good. Deep. Like Hard Candy. Great writing. Some cliches. Whilst not necessarily the case and there are lessons here, I hope when someone is in need, men or anyone shouldn’t be discouraged to assist someone in need. Looking forward to the writer directors next film... and Carey’s.
TorgoPeople are really eager to forgive how one-dimensional this movie is.
airi86jaCarey Mulligan made me truly surprised about her character Cassandra. Before looking the film i'd thought she does not fit for the strong/dark/sexy character as Cassie (because of her other - bright, light, soft character roles i was used to). But i was so so wrong! Carey did an amazing job and i felt so many different emotions while watching "Promising young woman". Truly an exceptional one!
essaywhuA fascinating film. References to Night of the Hunter made it even stronger. Fantastic soundtrack. Made me think, not just about the film, but about similar traumatic situations I’ve either heard about from either on the news, or about someone I know in my life.
I thought the blowjob lips makeup scene was a little over the top, but I just searched for it on YouTube and saw there are multiple tutorials, so that shows how much I know.
devilsadvocadoAn intriguing premise badly executed. Sound design isn't something I usually pay attention to when watching a movie unless it's so bad that it's distracting, as was the case here.
Mulligan was excellent. I'm a fan of Burnham but he was out of his depth in this role. Other performances were hit and miss. The writing didn't help.
Despite all its flaws, this one had me entertained from start to finish.
baraka92Copied from Metacritic:
Contender for movie of the year.
Axel FritzlerCarey Mulligan for the win!!
avatud2013Reading comments describing it as an "evisceration of macho/rape culture" made me quite doubtful of the film being good, as I think I haven't read an argumentation on the subject, where words "rape culture" were used unironically, that felt convincing enoguh to start taking these words seriously. It might be from my own lack of reading certainly, and there might be some intelligent reasoning behind putting the blame on this "culture" instead of the power structures of social hierarchies, and paradoxes in our own minds and biology (as victims, perpetrators, bystanders), but was happy to find out that the movie didn't seem to be an "evisceration" of this made up fantastical creature, at all, in my view, but a well acted, well crafted examination of the issue in it’s complexities from an emotional point of view as a “genre” film, with good comedic and dramatic timing, emotional heart, skillful use of music and "double meaning" (as in the title), etc.
Although it is debatable, I too find that the ending could be seen as possibly undermining the movie’s ultimate resonance.
I don’t know if it is appropriate to bring this into it, but from my own observations, it would seem, that yes, probably it usually is some men coming to the rescue of women from these abusive social structures, usually probably young men, idealistic, with determination and new technologies (social networks and apps) saving abused women from the movie and music industry or the “club scene”, but probably naive about how they would soon start building and using similar structures themselves for getting as much sex from as many women as they could for as little commitment or cost (having to learn their names? Ugh) as possible.
It was a really good movie in a lot of aspects, but I think it ended up choosing to be more shallow than it had built up promise for by then. As a genre film more soothing ending probably, making someone ready for a nice episode of television where cancer was cured, the issue of racism was solved by the police or the military, or something and everyone could be happy about their society. As I said, it is definitely debatable. As a message of hope to someone who could find themselves in unjust situations, perhaps good, but to actually trigger someone to emotionally process the complexity of the issue, the depth of it, to grow themselves, it kinda seems like a more childish choice. A case of different perspective perhaps. Many people seem to think keeping young women naive and hopeful in regards to entering clubs and other such social constructs that probably at the heart are market places where powerful men can exchange their status for cheap sex, is a good choice, and we shouldn’t traumatize people with the probable depth of this, shouldn’t destroy the hopes of young girls who are about to venture to these entrances to sex dungeons, so that sex trafficking could go on, but perhaps there are valid arguments for keeping girls naive and hopeful about “partying” as well, I don’t know.
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