Promising Young Woman

                     review by Bobby Blakey

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There have been a big surge of films focused on empowered women over the last few years due to the shift in focus in the industry. This is a good thing on all accounts and admit there is nothing better than seeing a character rise above whatever they are dealing with to take back their power. The latest getting a ton of buzz is Promising Young Woman starring Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Connie Britton, Alfred Molina, Adam Brody, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chris Lowell, Sam Richardson, and Molly Shannon.

Promising Young Woman follows Cassie who everyone thought was a promising young woman...until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past.

 

I had a different perception of what this film was going to be and while some of those elements where there it did head into some great unexpected directions. Right from the beginning it is clear you are in for a wild ride. Carry Mulligan delivers a power performance filled with heartbreak, angst, rage, love and everything in between. Her straight forward delivery on the surface seems pretty straight forward, but there is so much there in her eyes and body language as the truth to each scenario unfolds. She is just so good in the role that you feel her hope, rage and pain as she deals with her past and how she controls her future.

 

The rest of the cast are good as well with a pretty impressive cast, but I was a bit bummed that some of them were pretty quick in and out appearances. That isn’t a bad thing just wanted more from their scenes. I was expecting alot more violent film, so was surprised that it wasn’t at all, but still really loved the way it is all handled especially in the latter half of the film. The film

seems pretty straight forward but took an unexpected turn that through me off for a bit before seeing the brilliant choice to wrap it up which went in a different way than I had thought it was going to.

 

This film is racking up the award buzz which is a surprise to me just from the genre of film, but glad it is getting the push. This is a great film that was so different than I expected and still loved it as much as I thought I would. Check out Promising Young Woman available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Home Entertainment.