On Saturday, The Ceddia Union Building (CUB) showcased, “Promising Young Woman,” a 2020 movie directed by Emerald Fennell, starring Carey Mulligan.
Mulligan stars as the main character, Cassie who, just like the title, is a vengeful, promising young woman.
As soon as I heard about this movie, I knew it was something I had to see. The title depicts a court case in which college student, Brock Turner, received only six months in jail for sexual assault on the premise that he is a “promising young man.”
The movie discusses the idea somewhat indirectly. It showcases the fallout of such an event in which the perpetrator receives no consequence for his actions, with a promising young woman having her life greatly affected by the verdict.
Upon viewing the movie, I was left speechless. Mulligan’s performance is striking and raw. Every shot is valuable, and the story does not miss a beat with its powerful message.
“Promising Young Woman,” focuses on Cassie’s attempt to enact revenge on those involved in her best friend’s sexual assault. The plot is gripping, as the viewer follows Cassie through her nights spent at bars, trying to lure men back to her place to teach them a “moral lesson.”
The film also brings a new freshness to what a female heroine can be. Mulligan plays the role beautifully and has the audience both question her choices and fully stand with her as she toes the line between a calculated sociopath and a woman who has been deeply hurt. This movie has made my definitive list of “Must Watch” films and it should certainly be on yours.
The story is impactful, and it is only bolstered by the powerful team behind it. “Promising Young Woman” is certainly a game-changer and world-shaker.