“Promising Young Woman” is challenging, stylish, and shocking perfection.

Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was always referred to as a Promising Young Woman, until traumatic events derailed her path. Now, she is living a double life, embracing the chance to right the wrongs of the past.

From the moment I first heard the chilling and seductive orchestral arrangement of Britney Spears’s “Toxic” in the trailer for Promising Young Woman earlier this year, I knew that this film was going to be unlike anything we’ve seen.

And boy, was I right.

Promising Young Woman is a RIDE full of shocks, twists and sweet revenge.

It is a dynamic, clever and brilliantly composed thriller that takes a unsettling look today’s rape culture. Its narrative is absolutely fearless, devastating, and razor sharp, forcing us to take a look at our patriarchal society — all set across a pastel candyland aesthetic, pop music soundtrack and smart humor.

Yes. The juxtaposition is THAT wild. And trust me it works.

And the “promising young woman herself, Carey Mulligan, is a tour de force. Her performance is bold, calculated, unflinching and left me speechless. The way that she effortlessly juggles Cassie’s feminine sweetheart front with her unforgiving and ferocious rage is nothing short of extraordinary. I am all aboard the Carey Mulligan Oscar-train.

Writer and first-time director, Emerald Fennell’s biting screenplay is going to open up conversations and start discussions.

Promising Young Woman is mandatory viewing and a must-see.

Final Thoughts: Bold, dangerous and wickedly urgent, Promsing Young Woman smart, stylish and without a doubt, my favorite movie of the year.

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