Saturday, February 6

Movie Review: Promising Young Woman (2020)

Film Title: 
Promising Young Woman
Length:   1h 53min 
Released:   2020
Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller 
Rating: R
Where I Got It: Amazon Prime


A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.


Had a mini girls' night and we decided to watch this. I even went in with zero idea what this film was about so I was pleasantly surprised. For sure a shocker for me. I even ended up having my fiancé watch it the next day. 

The story follows Cassandra who is living a double life. During the day she works at the local cafe house. At night she is spreading fear of taking advantage of women. She is traumatized from an event that happened years ago and now revenge has landed in her lap. 

Not sure where to even start........

I liked it a lot. I would say I nearly loved it. I was upset at the ending at first...but then I watched it for a second time and after talking about it and reading other reviews and I realized....that ending was the best ending for this story. Can't spoil nothing ;) but it the best ending even though I was bummed, but happy at the same time. Lots of complex feelings for this. 

The girl who played Cassandra was amazingggg. I loved her for the role. She was perfect and I adored her performance. She is good at playing scary and a badass. And sexy when the need calls for it. A+ for her!

Cassandra herself? You can't help but feel bad for her especially when the truth comes out of what happened that fateful night. It broke my heart. I can't imagine living with that sadness and guilt of what happened to Nina. However, she really knows how to get under your skin and she can play you like a fiddle. It's scary awesome. Can't say more tho, but gah. Such a sad story and overall...this was a dark film. Dark but with spots of light. 

This film really does tackle the sensitive issue of scumbags taking advantage of women...sober or drunk. It's disgusting and depressing. And it's just not the men but all the people who defend their actions which this film does touch that too. This one quote really it me in the feels and I feel like is an excellent example of the tone of the movie. 

"Look how easy that was. I guess you just had to think about it in the right way. I guess it feels different when it's someone you love.."

So good. 

Oooo I was so happy to see Bo Burnham in a movie. He's fun. I love him. 

Overall, I loved the casting done for this.

This really is a must-watch. And honestly? A great movie to watch with a group of people because you will want to discuss and talk about this movies. Days later my friends and I were still discussing this. The ending will make you love-hate it though, so be aware of that. 

4 stars overall. 


Blodeuedd said...

I am intrigued

Carole Rae said...

it's a goodie ;)

Jen Twimom said...

I'd seen the cover / poster of the film when scrolling, but had no idea what it was about. I'm glad you enjoyed!

Carole Rae said...

Jen, I had no idea and it was shockingly surprisingly good :)