WEEK IN WOMEN: Fennell and Zhao make AMPAS history – Brandy McDonnell reports

Nomadland‘s Chloe Zhao and Promising Young Woman‘s Emerald Fennell are now part of Academy Awards history. For the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated two women in the directing category, with Zhao and Fennell picking up nods in the coveted category.

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PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN: Susan Jacob’s Female Power Soundtrack – Rachel West comments

Emerald Fennell’s bold Promising Young Woman isn’t just a triumph for star Carey Mulligan, it’s a soundtrack showcase for female-driven power-pop. Spanning the gamut of Mulligan’s Cassie’s emotions, the Promising Young Woman soundtrack is equal parts dark, edgy female rage and catchy, lighthearted pop. Throughout the film, music supervisor Susan Jacobs allows Cassie’s state of mind to manifest in the music from the movie’s first few minutes until its ultimate conclusion.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 1, 2021: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Smart, bold, and refreshingly original, Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman marks the feature directorial debut of a major filmmaking talent. Fennell’s confident, fearless direction and script — along with a confident, outstanding performance by star Carey Mulligan — give this darkly comic and deeply satisfying thriller an impact that you won’t soon forget.

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PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Thanks to the wickedly fertile mind of British actress, author, screenwriter and debut director Emerald Fennell who is behind Promising Young Woman, Mulligan gets to assuredly inhabit a character that was once was a sexy staple of such ‘40s classic movies as The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity while putting a #MeToo spin on the genre as her scarred character gets to right a terrible wrong with a vengeance that comes from a place of grief and sorrow but is balanced by a darkly comic vicious bite.

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PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN – Review by Leslie Combemale

Promising Young Woman turbocharges the female gaze in a way that will make some traditional film fans and the white male execs who make mainstream Hollywood fare for them very uncomfortable. Too bad. Lots of female filmgoers are desperate for more films that examine the experience of women in a world where permission for rage, complexity, and antiheroic action is given almost exclusively to men. However this film makes you feel, finally, that Mulligan’s Cassie projects all that rage and complexity onto the big screen.

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PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN – Review by Kathia Woods

The mistakes of one’s youth don’t always come back to haunt us except when the error is a crime. Enter, Cassie. The world sees her as loser. Once a promising medical student at the top of her class now, she works at a cafe by day and picks up men at night. These men think they’re getting an easy conquest, but soon they are spun into a web of revenge.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Mulligan to Star in Fennell’s First Feature – Brandy McDonnell reports

Carey Mulligan is set to star in Promising Young Woman, a timely thriller to be helmed by Killing Eve showrunner Emerald Fennell in her feature film directorial debut. Mulligan will play Cassie, a young woman haunted by a tragedy in her past who takes a particular type of revenge on predatory men who cross her path. Fennell also is penning the screenplay. Production is set to begin in spring.

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