Promising Young Woman (Blu-Ray/Digital)
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From visionary director Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) comes a delicious new take on revenge. Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) 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 in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.39:1
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 79.95 Grams
- Media Format : Digital, Blu-ray
- Release date : 16 March 2021
- Actors : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (BLU-RAY/DIGITAL)
- Subtitles: : Spanish, French
- Language : French Canadian (DTS 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1)
- Studio : UNIVERSAL
- ASIN : B08QW837Q4
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 29,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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However, I recommend people see it for themselves and make their own judgement.
The lead actress portrayed the trauma, in such a way that she remained tough and stoic. Her character did NOT become whiney or pathetic. The viewer has to have a very strong stomach - the empathy button must be toned down so as to debrief! However it was STILL so CLEVERELY balanced with humour & entertaining sarcasm - consequently not altogether completely depressing.
This movie isn’t scared of the uncomfortable, in fact it relishes it. However it also delivers some very sweet scenes and has the colour and soundtrack of a rom com. This was done on purpose of course. As was the casting of famously ‘nice guy’ actors and casting them in roles that may not be so ‘nice’. The kicker being that they think they are nice guys, until they are called out. Misogyny and rape culture have become such a big part of our society, shockingly so and calling out these apparent ‘nice guys’ is very satisfying. The sound track is full of female pop music, with remixes that add something extra. The colourful, pretty clothes and settings seduce you into thinking it will all be OK. What it is getting at is just how normalised rape culture is that it appears even in a rom com type setting, along with leaving us to question some rom com’s in themselves over the years and the toxicity that hides beneath the glossy love story.
This movie is a call to arms and calls out everyone involved in covering up this rape culture; men and women. It is not anti men it is anti the society that we live in that makes it OK for someone to rape or sexually assault someone, especially if they are drunk. Also excusing past behaviour as ‘we were just kids’. Infuriating and glad that gets called out too! This movie gives me chills, I have a visceral reaction to it. Saying that I also had fun watching it, despite the heavy undertones etc. this is a black comedy in part, which I love. It is written and directed by a woman and this is clear in the characters, dialogue, soundtrack and costumes. One of my favourite quotes in the film that made me laugh was after she was told that she wasn’t even that hot she responds with; You’re hardly dropping panties yourself Paul. When was the last time you scored in daylight?’
In summary this is my favourite film and with each watch you find something new! Even the title is important as it refers to a rape case and how the rapist was called a ‘promising young man.’ This film asks what about the promising young women whose lives get destroyed by sexual assault?! Watch it, don’t read the spoilers as it will ruin it. Just watch and take it in, do not look away, this is an important film.
Some things required a suspension of belief, for instance how she got away with what she was doing for years without being the victim of violent reprisal. She definitely placed herself in very real danger repeatedly.
This is minor criticism of an engrossing film, well-acted and written. 5 stars
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bought the blu-ray from the US - it was worth it - the film did not disappoint, the script by
Emerald Fennell is a gem, as was her masterful directing. The 'Best Screenplay' Oscar
was well deserved.
I watched it because of favourable reviews, because it stars Carey Mulligan, who was very good in 'An Education' and 'Never Let Me Go' and, in a smaller role, Connie Britton, who was good in a lot of other films and TV Series, especially the television series 'Nashville' and 'Friday Night Lights'.
'Promising Young Woman' is about a young lady (Carey Mulligan) who seems to be drifting in life, having once appeared to have great potential, until she dropped out of medical school several years before. She now does a basic level job in a café and still lives with her parents, possibly unable to afford a place of her own.
She dropped out of medical school to care for her best friend, now dead, who had been on the same course but was traumatised when a group of her male fellow students took advantage of her sexually when she was too drunk to resist, filmed it on a mobile phone and circulated the film to their friends in College for them to laugh about.
Carey Mulligan's character now makes it her mission to teach young men a lesson by regularly behaving as though drunk out of her mind in bars until some man tries to take advantage of her sexually. She then shocks him by revealing that she is really stone cold sober, and confronts him as to his behaviour.
In the end she takes this to a new level to punish the young man who played the leading role in taking advantage of her friend years before, on the eve of his wedding, with disastrous consequences for all concerned. So many people are going to be upset or have their lives ruined by the situation this creates that I don't know if the audience is supposed to see this as justice or not. Not so much two wrongs don't make a right as six wrongs don't make a right. Perhaps the moral is that the original crime years before in College started a series of events that cannot be predicted or controlled.
Most of the cast are good in this. Another leading actress, Margot Robbie, does not appear on screen but was involved as a Producer.
There are a couple of short Special Features.
How realistically likely the full story is I am not sure, although elements of it, including ruthlessly lecherous male behaviour, certainly do occur in real life.
While it does not excuse such behaviour, and I shall certainly be screeched at by feminists for saying this, a lesson is that it is not a good idea for men or women to get so stupidly drunk that they are at risk of doing something bad and stupid themselves (especially if male) or having it done to them (if female).
If you only watch one contemporary film about women fighting back against sexual abuse, my first choice would be either 'Bombshell', which also involves Margot Robbie and Connie Britton, or an older film 'North Country', starring Charlize Theron.
However, both those films and 'Promising Young Woman' make legitimate points about evil male sexual behaviour, of course in a way that does not offend against modern liberal politics, in that the perpetrators portrayed are mostly privileged white men.