Promising Young Woman: Film Review

Promising Young Woman

Back in early 2020, before the cinemas closed, I saw the trailer for Emerald Fennell‘s Promising Young Woman before I watched a movie and I was like, “This looks amazing, I can’t wait to see it!” and that feeling hasn’t left me in the many months that’s passed since that moment. And now, after many delays, I have FINALLY seen Promising Young Woman.

The film stars Carey Mulligan as Cassandra ‘Cassie’ Thomas, who pretends to be drunk in bars to trick men into taking her home for sex so she can teach them a lesson about consent. She has also has a five-part plan to get revenge on the men who sexually assaulted her best friend Nina in college as well as those who knew about it and did nothing.

This is an unapologetic, daring, blistering film which has a lot to say about sexual assault, consent, and how female victims are usually blamed for what happens to them while the men get the benefit of the doubt. It also addresses the old movie trope of men having their way with women when they’re too drunk to consent – that seemed acceptable and normal back then and Promising Young Woman drives home the message that this is very much not OK.

It’s impressive that this is Fennell’s directorial debut because she pitched it perfectly. I wasn’t sold on a couple of scenes – the Stars are Blind moment in the pharmacy and the very end – but otherwise I thought Fennell had complete control of the tone, how dark she wanted it to go and where she wanted Cassie to sit on the sane/crazy scale. Her screenplay is smart and very well-written; she makes her points loud and clear without making it preachy and occasionally softens the revenge thriller aspect with some romantic comedy moments. I also loved the pastel colour palette, Cassie’s feminine clothes and her cute manicure, and how they worked in contrast to the darkness of the subject matter.

Promising Young Woman

Fennell’s casting was also spot-on. Mulligan wouldn’t usually be first choice for Cassie because she is best known for her work in period dramas and as “nice” characters and this unexpected casting makes her performance so much more exciting. I love it when actors get to do something completely different. I enjoyed watching her playing such a bold ballsy role, dressing up in sexy outfits, always looking in control in difficult situations, and confronting people about tough subjects with a smile on her face like it’s a normal casual conversation. Mulligan nails the part and I’m so thrilled she’s been Oscar nominated for it.

But it’s not just the lead role that Fennell aced the casting with – I’m not too familiar with Bo Burnham‘s onscreen acting work but I thought he was the right fit as Cassie’s love interest Ryan; he was cute, awkward, and funny and I liked his personality. And then there are so many actors I love in small roles, like Alison Brie as Cassie’s neurotic former friend Madison, Molly Shannon as Nina’s sympathetic mum, Alfred Molina as a remorseful lawyer, and Connie Britton as the dean of Cassie’s old college. And it was smart casting actors you would normally associate with good guy roles as Cassie’s targets, such as Adam Brody, Max Greenfield, Chris Lowell, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

I have to talk about that ending. You’ll be getting no spoilers from me as you should go into this film knowing as little as possible – but holy cow! The conclusion left me reeling and struggling to process my thoughts so I’m glad they managed to come together so I could write this review. It will leave you thinking for hours after the credits roll.

I’d been hyped for this release for a long time so I was expecting perfection, which is a huge amount of expectation to put on a film! It wasn’t perfect but I loved basically everything about it – the concept, the points Fennell makes, the casting, the wardrobe, the soundtrack (that string version of Toxic is so chilling!) and it deserves every success it’s had this awards season. I don’t think it’ll win the Best Picture Oscar but I would love it to win Best Original Screenplay.

Do yourselves a favour and go watch this film.

Available on Sky Cinema and NOW from Friday 16th April

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Big Pics: Jennifer Lawrence, Adam Brody & Hunger Games

The Hunger Games


Here is an amazing (if majorly airbrushed) poster for Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I’m so excited for its release in November! This depicts the victory tour which they need to do after winning the games in the previous movie.


Jennifer Lawrence


I was a bit surprised to hear that Dior was collaborating with Jen because they just seem incompatible. She looks great in these pictures yet so different to how she usually looks in real life.


Adam Brody & Leighton Meester


Picture evidence that they are definitely dating! I like this couple!

Renee Zellweger


Renee in some PDA action with her new man Doyle Bramhall II while holidaying in Hawaii. I’m so glad she’s found happiness with a new man.


Big Pics: Ri & Chris Brown, JT & Destiny’s Child

Rihanna & Chris Brown


Rihanna supported Chris Brown in court yesterday. He was attending a hearing after he was accused of lying about his community service. If he didn’t do the service he says he did, this would be a breach of his probation. He is on probation for his 2009 assault on Rihanna-who was in the room with him yesterday! So strange.


Leighton Meester & Adam Brody 


Rumours began circulating at the start of the week that Gossip Girl actress Leighton was dating The O.C’s Adam after they met on the set of The Oranges. I was sceptical at first but this certainly hints at something going on!

Destiny’s Child


It is so good to see the girls hanging out and having a joke together! Beyoncé posted this to pic of her, Kelly and Michelle on Instagram. The one below also features B’s mum, Tina.


Justin Timberlake


Justin has unveiled the artwork for his upcoming album The 20/20 Experience. He also released the track listing, which you can read about here. I get the point of the machinery as the whole concept is about vision but I would rather see his face properly!

Top Films for December


Celeste and Jesse Forever

Now this looks like a sweet romance story. Rashisa Jones is Celeste (and she also co-wrote the movie) and Andy Samberg is Jesse- they are separated but they still act like best friends and like they are still a couple. Their little arrangement gets messy when Jesse meets someone else. This is basically a story of how Celeste deals with Jesse’s new relationship. From the outset, you generally know how this film will end but I want to see it anyway. Also starring Elijah Wood and Emma Roberts. Released: 7th



The Man With the Iron Fists

This looks weird but I’m so intrigued by it. It is martial arts film with crazy special effects and slo-mo fighting. There is a very loose plot but I don’t think the plot is the main focus here- it is the action, the fight sequences and how badass everything looks. Lone warriors unite to defeat a common enemy and save their village. Lucy Liu looks kick ass in this and quite like her character in Kill Bill. It will be violent and ridiculous but very enjoyable. Also starring Russell Crowe and Jamie Chung. Released: 7th



The Oranges

This looks like a brilliant romantic comedy with a fantastic cast. Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener are the Wallings and they are best friends and neighbours with Oliver Platt and Alison Janney, the Ostroffs. Their perfect family situation goes awry when the Ostroff’s daughter, Nina (Leighton Meester) returns home from Thanksgiving after a five year absence. Rather than date the Walling’s son Toby (Adam Brody), Nina embarks on a relationship with his father (Hugh Laurie). It looks hilarious when the families find out and I wonder what the resolution is. Released: 7th


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey … one embargo to bind them.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I’m not a fan of the LOTR franchise BUT I’m putting this in because it is going to be December’s biggest movie and therefore, it deserves a mention. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is hired by Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to accompany a group of dwarves to reclaim stolen treasure from the Lonely Mountain guarded by a dragon. I’m sure you all know the set-up and the cast by now. This is going to be big. Released-13th


Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

I cannot wait for this! I have been excited for this since it came out in America. It is basically a movie version of Glee but with a cappella groups. Anna Kendrick joins the Bellas, her university group and helps them break out of their mould so they stand a chance of winning a competition. You can predict the ending but this is going to be so enjoyable. I love musicals! Also starring Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson. Released: 21st

Rachel Bilson is Back!

Hooray! The actress we all know and love as Summer Roberts in The O.C is finally making a return to TV in a CW pilot called Hart of Dixie.

The show will reunite Bilson with Josh Schwartz, the producer of The O.C and Gossip Girl. Rachel will play a hot-shot New York doctor who moves to a small town down south after inheriting a medical practice in this fish-out-of-water drama. Obviously, she will be meeting some crazy characters there to get the plot lines flowing.

Rachel and Josh were previously set to work together on the NBC show Ghost Angels, but the supernatural romantic comedy was dropped. Let’s hope this pilot is successful!

After The O.C ended, she had a few roles in films such as Jumper and New York, I Love You plus upcoming movie Waiting for Forever (the UK release date has not been announced). She also guest starred in Chuck and How I Met Your Mother. And don’t forget that she dated O.C co-star Adam Brody for 2-3 years before splitting in 2006. She then got engaged to Jumper co-star Hayden Christensen in 2008 but the engagement was called off in August 2010. However, rumours have been circulating that they have begun dating again. Who knows about all that, I just hope this series works out so Rachel can grace our screens on a weekly basis once more!