Categoria: Media

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Grado de dificultad: 3 (Por el idioma).

Columnista: Roberto

About the idiom: Rape is a universal issue. However, the behaviors and ugly customs described in the movie “Promising Young Woman are infamously north americans.

Therefore, I felt I had to choose the english idiom for the present article.

“Promising Young Woman”, more than promising

Promising Young Woman”, is an independent movie released in 2020:

Trailer retrieved from “Focus Features” YouTube Channel

It was released in a complicated time (COVID19) and wouldn’t have met such a success if it wasn’t so relevant. It was rightfully rewarded multiple times.

Note: Some say it is a dark comedy. Listen, for example to what Trevor Noah said about it in 2021:

Video retrieved from “The Daily Show” YouTube Channel

It didn’t seem comedic to me at all, only dark, very dark (and I like dark humor)! Sarcastic (very darkly) could be a better description of it.

I found the acting of the main actress, Carey Mulligan, as a cold blooded and focused avenger, amazingly scary.

Carey Mulligan - Not Drunk! In “Promising Young Woman” - Origin Focus Features

It made the film especially difficult and yet fascinating to watch.

Carey Mulligan, scarily committed

Irreal until confirmed

When I saw it, however, the deadly commitment of the main character seemed to me irreal. This, somehow, allowed me to bare it more easily …

… That is until someone unwillingly confirmed how casual awful behaviors like those shown were in real life.

A critic’s review in “Variety” did just that:

‘Promising Young Woman’: Film Review

A wince-worthy statement

Within this generally positive analysis, the following statement could be found:

Mulligan, a fine actress, seems a bit of an odd choice as this admittedly many-layered apparent femme fatale – Margot Robbie is a producer here, and one can (perhaps too easily) imagine the role might once have been intended for her. Whereas with this star, Cassie wears her pickup-bait gear like bad drag; even her long blonde hair seems a put-on. The flat American accent she delivers in her lowest voice register likewise seems a bit meta, though it’s not quite clear what the quote marks around this performance signify.

Note: I underlined the weird parts in the text (not including “fine actress”, which is also wince-worthy).

Carey Mulligan winced, so did I

Carey Mulligan understandably winced at this part:

Carey Mulligan Responds to Variety’s Apology for ‘Promising Young Woman’ Review

She said:

“I was like, ‘Really? For this film, you’re going to write something that is so transparent? Now? In 2020?’ I just couldn’t believe it.’”

I interpreted the critic’s statement the same way she (and many others) did. AKA it was an implicit confirmation of the core argument of the movie: a cultural trivialization of rape.

Mulligan’s reaction has become as famous as the movie.

Promising Young Woman” earns, with applauses, a recommendation from TMN, and Carey Mulligan a place among our preferred actors.

Careful, though: its story is really disturbing.

Carey Mulligan, “scary young woman”