Best Films of 2020
#5 – Promising Young Woman
Writer/director Emerald Fennell’s polarizing Promising Young Woman is one of the most self-assured and stylish debuts I’ve ever seen. Whether you find it exhilarating or nauseating (or both), you can’t deny its potency.
Part rape revenge thriller, part romantic comedy, part exploration of PTSD, this movie manages its twists and turns so deftly and somehow emerges as a cohesive vision. Fennell, an English actress best known for roles on Call the Midwife and The Crown, has crafted a singular concoction, a candy-coated poison pill.
My last post in this week’s year-end movie recap of the year that won’t end focuses on the films I need to see before I can settle on my top ten list.
Following are some movies technically considered 2020 releases even if I might not get a stab at them until March. Others are available to stream now but I just haven’t gotten around to them.
Topping the list is Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman, which has generated tremendous acclaim, controversy and must-see buzz. I hope I’ll love this movie, but regardless, I need to have an opinion about it.