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This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
every bit of horror from the 2010s, from neo gialli revivalism to hereditary to every stranger things inspired 80s nostalgia trip to resident evil to wans brand of zany beligerent incompetent midbrow studio horror to like idk remedy games and bloober team and silent hill fan games, just happening at once, concurrently, with additional 70s exploitation film racism in the costume department and like network television police procedural caricatures. the fact that ray chase, or noctis lucis caem from final fantasy…