MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2021
Promising movie connects: Over the weekend, we actually did it.
Due to interest in the subject matter, we decided to pay the big bucks. This let us rent a current film through our On Demand.
We went ahead and paid the big bucks. We thought the film really panned out.
The film to which we refer is Promising Young Woman. We thought it was surprisingly good the first time through. To our surprise, we may have liked it even more on our second viewing.
As a word of warning, we'll say that the movie is heavily "genre." The individual episodes don't exactly make sense on a real world basis out here in the real world. But they make an enormous amount of sense in a certain inner world, as somewhat fantastical illustrations of an important theme:
They illustrate what happens when someone fully reacts to a moral outrage. When some one person takes it all in, doesn't just flush it away.
Remember, this film is a bit of a fantasy—a revenge fantasy, to be exact. It made us think of one of the best books we've ever read—Eleanor Estes' 1945 Newbery Honor book, The Hundred Dresses, the best examination of moral experience we think we've ever encountered.
Promising Young Woman doesn't exactly "make sense" out here in the real world. For us, it made a tremendous amount of sense in the realm within which it dwells.
When a person dies, "what has gone is not nothing." Yevgeny Yevtushenko said that!