That’s a good way to put it, and far more charitable than me just kind of pointing and laughing. But I guess what bothers me most is wrapping this take in a conveniently pat revenge thriller. It’s not thrilling because it’s such a weak series of set-ups and comeuppances, especially at the end. Because I think the end does want to represent itself as closure. It does want to put a bow on the incident with Nina. But it’s a really lame bow.
Where Promising Young Woman really started to lose me was the scene with Connie Briton. I mean, it was fun seeing Carey Mulligan pwn douchebags. But that Connie Briton scene is sooo clunky for how it wants to point out that ladies are implicated as well, and there are huge and entrenched power structures with a vested interest in ignoring rape culture. I mean, yes…and? The solution is to scare the administrators and then shame them by telling them what they did was wrong? Ugh.
There’s a scene at the end of The Nightingale that took the same approach. But it was handled so much better for being inconclusive. And, of course, it was in The Nightingale, which helped.