#SUNDANCE: “PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN”
Review by Amanda Gilmore for Mr. Will Wong
During the day Cassie (Carey Mulligan) appears to be an unambitious drifter, however, she reveals her hidden vendetta at night when she hunts down men who cross her.
Director-Writer Emerald Fennell brings her slick film style, she commonly uses as a show runner on Killing Eve, to this knock-out film. Fennell’s Script is tight and filled with richly-texturized dark, tender and humorous scenes. Even more impressive is the ample layers she’s given Cassie and the clear intentions behind each of her character’s actions. And those characters are brought to the screen with a pitch-perfect ensemble cast consisting of Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, M Jennifer Coolidge, Alison Brie and more. It’s thrilling to watch the immensely committed Mulligan express a wide range of emotions from desolate to bliss to rage. Overall, this is one hell of a ride with an important message about the trauma that sexual violence inflicts.
Promising Young Woman screens at Sundance on Sat, Jan. 25th at 8:30 PM at The MARC, Sun, Jan. 26th at 9 AM at The Ray, Sun, Jan. 26th at 9:15 PM at the Grand, Wed, Jan. 29th at 11:30 PM at Prospector Square, and Fri, Jan. 31st at 9 AM at Eccles.