Tatler Review: Why Individuals Hated The Ending Of “Promising Young Woman” (2020)

Tatler Review: Why Individuals Hated The Ending Of “Promising Young Woman” (2020)

Tatler Review: Why People Hated The Ending Of

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By Christine Andas

By Christine Andas.

February 16, 2021

Promising Girl attempts its best to look like a rom-com however as the story progresses, each scene reveals the movie for what it really is– a twisted thriller with an ending that is as troubling as truth. Spoilers ahead!

Set in modern times, the film Promising Girl reveals Cassie Thomas (played by Carey Mulligan) operating at a café by day and guises as a powerless lady by night to draw dangerous men to expose them and avenge her good friend Nina– who devoted suicide after suffering abuse and being dismissed by their school administration. Later on in the film, Cassie discovers that Al Monroe (played by Chris Lowell), among the wrongdoers, is getting wed. This urges her to devise a brand-new strategy to take the ultimate revenge.

The trailer suggests that Cassie is out to kill unsuspecting “great men”. It’s easy to deem the lead character as a psychopath as some would presume, however do not let this trick you for there is quite a lot to unload in this engaging movie. Let’s start with the beginning:

Photo: Promising Young Woman / YouTube

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Off the bat, the film opens by putting a spotlight on males with CharlieXCX’s “Boys” playing in the background while men risquély dance at a club. Then it continues to show Cassie who is drunkenly dropped on a seat simply across 3 guys in business suits. They easily find the powerless protagonist and scorn her existing state. Immediately, among the guys insists that Cassie is “asking for it” and that she is putting herself in threat. All the while, the males likewise see this as a “obstacle”. Soon, among them decides to swoop in and speak with Cassie. Jerry (Adam Brody) then offers to share a flight house.

Just a couple of minutes into the motion picture and 2 concerns have actually already been portrayed on screen, the second being the problem of authorization which happens when Cassie is sharing a ride with Jerry. He changes his mind and asks her if she wishes to go to his place. Before she could even address, Jerry orders the driver to alter his location. The chauffeur provides Jerry a suspicious gaze through the rearview mirror, still, he drives them to the criminal’s house. There, Jerry makes the most of Cassie. In spite of revealing confusion, Jerry does not stop. Consistently, Cassie asks, “What are you doing?”.

Then, Cassie gazes right through the ceiling as if she’s gazing at the film’s audience. She asks one more time, only this time sounding clearheaded. She sits up to look at Jerry– and at the audience as soon as more– to repeat her concern. At this moment, we can presume that the audience holds an important role in the movie.

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Picture: Promising Girl/ YouTube


, Veep‘s Sam Richardson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse from Superbad, and Bo Burnham from Eighth Grade to name a couple of.

The movie practically convinces the audience that Ben was various from the men Cassie had understood.

Promising Young Woman likewise clarifies how some women would act in these scenarios. Expecting the assistance of other ladies particularly in traumatic scenarios like abuse or harassment is natural. One would think that other ladies would understand the difficulties of another woman– the type of trouble that is magnified by gender issues– however the film shows otherwise. Instead, Madison (played by Allison Brie), Cassie’s buddy from college, refuses to believe the truth. When Cassie welcomes her to reunite over a meal, she understands that Madison still has actually not changed her mind and refuses to believe otherwise.

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Image: Promising Girl/ YouTube

If there are other things to admire about the movie, it would be its paradox.

Hearing the exasperation in Carey Mulligan’s voice in every confrontational scene adds to her character’s aggravation over the people responsible for Nina’s death. It is her playfulness during extreme scenes that reveal real supremacy– her character understands that she is in control– as seen in her discussion with the school admin or with Ben after exposing him.

This also mirrors the protagonist’s closet throughout the film. From the start, Cassie wears nothing but bright-coloured clothing. Even till the concluding part, Cassie accepts this and dons a nurse outfit with a vibrant wig. To even more commemorate this womanhood, the movie includes iconic tracks by woman artists. From CharlieXCX’s upbeat and sweet-toned “Boys” to Britney Spear’s “Harmful”.

It’s not unexpected that Promising Young Woman and the cast have currently gotten numerous elections from the Golden Globes, Critics’ Option Awards, and Screen Casts Guild to name a few.

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Picture: Promising Girl/ YouTube


When Cassie showed up at Al’s bachelor’s celebration, she already knew her fate. After drugging the rest of the men downstairs and cuffing Al to the bed, Cassie advises Al about what they had done to Nina. She even threatens Al with a scalpel, gesturing to cut him up but Al pulls devoid of the cuff. And for two-painful-minutes, we see Al suffocate Cassie to death. The next early morning, just hours prior to the wedding event, Al and Joe burn Cassie’s body just as quick as they buried Nina at the back of their minds. They continue with the wedding and everything works out till authorities sirens begin wailing in the background. Ends up, Cassie had designed a strategy to finally bring Nina justice.

But as the men accountable for Nina and Cassie’s death are getting arrested, people still discover the ending appalling.

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As much as we wanted to see an ending where Cassie lives to commemorate the triumph of every lady whom these pompous males have– or would have damaged– the film’s writer and director Emerald Fennell will not allow it. In fact, the original ending Fennell wanted for Promising Girl was even darker Either way, we were never visiting Cassie standing with her own two feet with a happy smile on her face.

The movie’s ending evokes discontentment for its audience. In reality, what’s most troubling about Promising Young Woman‘s ending is its similarity to truth.

So if you don’t concur with the ending or if it had actually left you speechless, then the movie has successfully served its function.

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