Promising Young Woman
Actress Carey Mulligan proves she's more than just what the title suggests in "Promising Young Woman." In a film about revenge and accountability, she dishes it up cold and calculated. This is thanks to writer and first-time director Emerald Fennell, who clearly has a promising start with her debut.
Mulligan is Cassandra, a woman on the surface who appears to be nothing more than a failed med student working in a coffee shop. But she is a sly, sharp woman understandably aggrieved by the felonious sins of college boys. And she has some comeuppance to serve up in ample doses. Cassandra's seething anger and stand your ground attitude bristles against the central question of this film: how much grace a sinner deserves for past acts for which they've never been held to account, or for which it's one person's word against another's. The #MeToo movement's influence on the scorchingly good script makes this film more than just above average. It is made all the better for the non-Hollywood ending this story demands.