Promising Young Woman review – Carey Mulligan’s avenging angel burns bright

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As a medical faculty dropout spiralling between grief, rage and revenge, Mulligan takes Emerald Fennell’s trendy if oddly dated Oscar contender to the subsequent degree

It’s stingingly well timed materials. Thematically, Emerald Fennell’s function debut, Promising Younger Lady, might have been distilled from pure ache, an amalgamation of the numerous rape tradition testimonies on websites similar to Everyone’s Invited. However tonally, with its extravagantly arched eyebrow and lacquered manicure of irony, this movie feels oddly dated – a few many years out of step with present sensibilities. Have been it not for Carey Mulligan’s Cassandra, an avenging angel in bubblegum-pink lip gloss, the image might nicely have toppled off its stripper heels lengthy earlier than it received to stomp into its divisive shocker of a last act. Mulligan’s withering disdain is a factor of magnificence. If anybody wins prizes for this liberally and generously nominated movie – it has 5 Oscar nods, together with greatest image and greatest director, and scored six Bafta nominations, profitable two – it ought to be her.

And for some time no less than, the writing matches the standard of her efficiency. The movie’s opening is a DayGlo blast of righteous catharsis. We meet Cassie blurry with booze, slumped throughout a banquette within the type of bar the place the alpha-bro afterwork crew go to toast themselves. She’s a gorgeous wreck, the skirt of her enterprise go well with bunched up, hair and life unravelling. Three brash guys eye her hungrily, nevertheless it’s probably the most seemingly respectable of them (Adam Brody) who approaches, with the supply to see her residence safely. However hazard is available in all styles and sizes, and the subsequent factor we all know, the “good man” is plying her with emetic-pink kumquat liqueur and manhandling her on to his mattress.

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