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Promising Young Woman

Cassie (Carey Mulligan) is a young woman just approaching her 30th birthday. She still lives at home with two lackluster parents. By day, she works in a coffee shop, and at night, she is prowling the bars. Early in the film, you kind of get the sense she is going nowhere, but it doesn’t take long to recognize her cunning and cleverness. I won’t say much about the story, because you really need to watch it and let the various twists and surprises happen to really appreciate Cassie and the well-crafted and entertaining story. The movie feels like the ultimate revenge film for the MeToo era. I loved the film. The screenplay is excellent and never veers from its purpose. The music is great- a lot of carefully chosen songs covered in sometimes haunting ways by unknown bands that lend an eeriness at times to the movie but are always well matched to what is going on in the movie. And the best thing about this movie is Carey Mulligan – she is absolutely amazing and keeps this film on point and directed on her mission at every step of the way. She inhabits several different personas and looks different in all of them –it was sometimes difficult to recognize Mulligan underneath the costume. She brilliantly creates a character who is driven, confident, smart, cunning, crazy, and vulnerable. I love her as an actress, and this has now become my favorite performance of hers. This gets a big thumbs up from me. This is probably one of the most entertaining films I have seen this year, and Mulligan deserves an Oscar nomination for her performance. (2020; 4.5 Stars).

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