astute is maybe the wrong word for this but the social commentary, appropriation in a material and artistic sense, class and race and gender and their comorbidities in schooling and athletics and society writ large, are all well thought out and i think elevate this narratively from just classic mixed number rocky riffs or whatever. formula is fine but the formula has to be in service of smthn ig. i like the acerbicness of this? its pretty biting at points…
not convinced movies get better than this!! bought it from a used book store and the cashier, an older gay guy, was SO EXCITED to see me walking up with that and some peyton reed comedies. he apparently got his DVD of d.e.b.s. signed by jordana brewster at a fast & furious promo thing in philly, and when he brought it up she told him she felt seen and also would not be showing this one to her kids til they…
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Promising Young Woman asks the question "what does a rape revenge film in the era of #MeToo look like" but is so fundamentally uncomfortable with the idea of that revenge, in any permutations, that the first 3/4s of the film are low-brow 3rd Wave listicle-format lectures on "nice guys" and date rape and it ends with its protagonist, framed the whole time as literally messianic, failing her one attempted murder, getting killed herself, and the "justice" served against the primary…
i miss film grain so much... mid aughts cameras look so nice. understated, deadpan, and i think very charming. really good side characters as well, largely from the laidback humor and solid acting; takako and moe add a lot even though they do very little. appreciate the sweetness going into son's depiction especially. great setwork too... underrated point of importance here, every frame is just stuffed with detail. saw some john hughes comparisons in the wild and i think that's just wretched as a point of comparison; just because some of the walls are pink and it's in a high school doesn't mean john hughes :/