Friday, September 16, 2022

Do Revenge (2022)

Streaming Service: Netflix
Movie Name/Year: Do Revenge (2022)
Genre: Comedy
Length: 1h 58min
Rating: TV-MA
Production/Distribution: Likely Story, Netflix
Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Writer: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Celeste Ballard
Actors: Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, Austin Abrams, Rish Shah, Talia Ryder, Alisha Boe, Ava Capri, J.D., Paris Berelc, Maia Reficco, Sophie Turner, Rachel Matthews, Eliza Bennett
Blurb from IMDb: Drea and Eleanor agree to go after one another's bullies.

Selina’s Point of View:
It’s been a long time since I’ve so thoroughly had the rug pulled out from beneath my feet.
By an hour into Do Revenge, I had it pegged. The characters were shallow, and the plot was a regurgitation of about a thousand flicks that came before. It was cute, but hardly original. I’d say it was heading for a 3 out 5 rating for me. Then the predictable conflict started between the main characters at just over an hour in. It was a cringe-fest. In fact, I had trouble watching it. I had to pause to prepare myself for the hot mess.
That feeling didn’t last long, though, because a twist followed close after that flipped everything on its head. From there, I’m pretty sure I got sucked into the Twilight Zone.
A good ending doesn’t always elevate a movie. In this case, however, it worked extremely well.
Normally, I take the day before our Trust the Dice monthly stream off. I spend it finishing up all my research and organizing the films we’ll be discussing. It’s a stream that lasts anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, so there’s a lot of work that comes before it. Cat was unable to post today, though, so I found myself having to split my attention.

During the last half-hour of Do Revenge nothing short of nuclear war would have torn my gaze away from the screen. I’m now behind in my work and I’m not mad at it.
What was on the road to being a basic teen revenge comedy turned into something stunning to behold.
Camilla Mendes (Riverdale, Palm Springs, Dangerous Lies) and Maya Hawke (Stranger Things, Little Women, Mainstream) were amazing in their roles, but the real MVPs were the writers: Celeste Ballard (Space Jam: A New Legacy, Sweet/Vicious, Never Seen It) and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Thor: Love and Thunder, Unpregnant, Someone Great).
The foreshadowing was there, but so subtle that none of it clicked until the last possible moment. They turned a lump of copy-and-pasted clay into something on par with cult classics like Heathers (1988). Phenomenal work. I really never saw it coming.
Don’t judge Do Revenge by its title. It’s a true work of art.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 85%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 88%
Metascore – 67%
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score –6.7/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating 4.5/5
P.S. Some scenes during the credits.
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