Carey Mulligan is Oscar-worthy in Promising Young Woman
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THE PLOT: Coffee shop server Cassie (Mulligan) spends her nights getting wasted in clubs, knowing there will be no shortage of men willing to take advantage. But in the bedroom, she drops the drunk act – she’s actually stone cold sober and ready to teach these guys a lesson. When she starts dating Ryan (Burnham), a friend from medical school, Cassie’s priorities shift, but the romance revives a past trauma – a shocking event that sent this once-promising young woman down a different path. WHAT’S RIGHT WITH IT? It’s rare for a film to say something important and relevant for today, while at the same time offering such delicious entertainment, but this audacious debut feature from Killing Eve season two showrunner Emerald Fennell (Camilla Parker Bowles in The Crown) manages to do just that. Fennell’s wickedly dark and funny screenplay keeps the surprises coming as Cassie turns the tables on her college friends who participated in, or were complicit in, covering up an action that long ago had tragic consequences. WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT? Emerald wanted her protagonist to be complicated and flawed – which therefore means that some audience members are going to resist Cassie. VERDICT: Nominated for five Oscars – and a likely winner for original screenplay – Promising Young Woman walks a genre tightrope between dark comedy and smart revenge drama with brilliant aplomb.