On this topical and well timed new thriller, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN instantly begins with Cassie (Carey Mulligan) out for revenge after her greatest good friend was sexually assaulted and finds her prey in a singular method; she lures unsuspecting males to be interested in her and WANTS her male counterparts to not solely notice the error of their methods however acknowledge it to her. This all involves a head when she meets a physician (Bo Burnham…sure, the comic and the director of EIGHTH GRADE!) who has a connection to an individual who’s linked to her good friend’s assaulter and units off a violent chain of occasions.
Among the greatest moments within the film are when Cassie attire up in various kinds of apparel (enterprise lady, occasion woman, hipster) and pretends to be intoxicated, solely to show the tables proper in the intervening time when her date has formally crossed the road. Sadly this occurs extra usually than we expect, and even when intoxicated there ought to nonetheless be sufficient energy in your mind to pop the breaks and know when to make higher choices. However many individuals nonetheless don’t and transfer ahead anyway, which is all a part of Cassie’s plan. She takes it a step additional and makes use of the “Sorry you probably did it, or sorry you bought caught” query, which is a strong second.
This can be a very cautious film. Initially listening to about among the plot-points of PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN I used to be a bit nervous that this may be a man-hating feminist revenge plot, however filmmaker Emerald Fennell (a fairly standard performer from THE CROWN making her function debut right here) takes all the things in an authentic and engaging route; the image reveals the poisonous masculinity that completely exists in some areas of occasion and “bro” tradition, significantly in folks with extra energy that may have over folks with much less success, nevertheless it additionally reveals each side with actuality and respect, all of the whereas in an incredible drama with some stunning darkish comedy features too.
All of that is centered round a superb efficiency by Carey Mulligan, who I’ve been a fan of ever since seeing her a few years in the past in AN EDUCATION and lots of options over time, and does a few of her easiest work in an Oscar-worthy efficiency. I solely really feel PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN’s air is set free a contact within the last scene and a personality that we expect is an effective man seems to be complicit in the primary story, that is nonetheless an unpredictable and memorable first function from Fennell, who has nowhere to go however up.
About The Blu Ray:
Shot digitally utilizing a combination of digital and movie lenses giving it that lived-in movie high quality, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN has a singular look that comes throughout effectively the Blu Ray. With that mentioned, the included Google Play digital copy is 4k HDR so I ran that as an alternative to observe the film the primary method by means of and ran the Blu Ray to hearken to the commentary observe. Each high-def displays exhibit the marginally low-budget look with sturdy colours in each indoor and out of doors settings and an incredible use of the extensive scope format. Like with most up-to-date Common releases I’m curious why extra 4k HDR discs aren’t made as an choice to shoppers because the added decision very a lot blows away present HD materials on each disc and streaming.
The DTS grasp audio observe I needed was a bit louder in areas the place it ought to have been; it oddly comes throughout as quieter in among the nightclub and bar scenes however there’s additionally some refined however highly effective encompass sound use together with nice use of the music rating. Not a demo disc for the soundtrack nonetheless it really works for the fabric.
The star of this Blu Ray launch is the commentary observe by Emerald Fennell (who seems to have performed this all by way of Zoom or Skype recording) who provides very screen-specific feedback and an incredible praise to the function as we be taught concerning the casting and influences; she cites NIGHT OF THE HUNTER as her favorite film which is referenced in a couple of key scenes, for instance. Additionally an actress herself, we get a very nice look into the artistic course of. There are additionally a couple of extra featurettes that discuss extra concerning the filming and artistic course of which were the usual for Common currently and run beneath 10 minutes for every part.
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN works effectively all through and is a showcase for the powerhouse that’s Carey Mulligan. For this dwelling video launch, you probably have a 4k monitor I’d go for shopping for the Apple TV model which has the next decision switch. If you happen to’re rocking simply Blu Ray and HD in the intervening time, nonetheless, it is a strong launch that’s value including into your assortment.
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN is now accessible on Blu Ray from Common. As all the time, because of Common PR for sending alongside a replica for overview.