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Movie Review: 'Revenge' is a classic teen movie revenge

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Netflix’s “Do Revenge” offers a delightfully updated rendition of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train,” but rather than a noir thriller, it takes a modern approach and turns it into a dark comedy. With a star-studded cast, clever plot, and a great soundtrack, it’s a worthwhile modern teen movie for a new generation of adolescents. It uses the tropes of , but adds the level of self-awareness needed to develop young audiences.

The film follows two teenage girls on a journey to get revenge on their enemies. Popular “it girl” Drea Torres (Camila Mendes) struggles to win back her ex-boyfriend who leaked her sex tape, while new transfer student Eleanor (Maya Hawke) finds herself with a girl who has sparked predatory rumors about her. wants revenge. Together, these her two young girls band together to humiliate those who have done them wrong.

Some of the main plot lines are clearly reused from other recent teen adaptations, but it tries to take those similarities and turn them into satire. She puts her peers to shame after the video of her heroine is leaked. In contrast, her boyfriend is elated for starting a “cis hetero male defending female-identifying student league” to “apologize” for his actions. These satirical “Generation Z” jokes make the film more bearable than other teen movies aimed at a specific generation by actually giving them what they want.

One obvious problem with this movie is that it’s well beyond its stated age range, as most of the cast are in their mid-twenties. The main character of the film, Camila Mendes, is ten years older than the high school student she plays. While the cast being on average older than the characters they play may not seem very noticeable, most viewers would not perceive the problem as the cast is full of recognizable faces. I’m here.

From ‘Stranger Things’ Maya Hawke to ’13 Reasons Why’ alum Alisha Boe to ‘Game of Thrones’ star Sophie Turner, there are too many familiar faces to count. The age gap is pretty steep, but there’s no denying the plethora of talent in this star-studded cast. Each actor and actress brings their own subtlety and heart to their character’s performance.

An undeveloped role was that of 2000s icon Sarah Michelle Gellar, who added a lot of charm and joy each time she appeared on screen, but her runtime just wasn’t enough. This isn’t the first time Netflix has included her 2000s accomplished actor just to erase. Gellar’s former co-star Matthew Lillard landed a part role in Netflix’s ‘He’s All That’ in 2021, but was given little of the attention he deserved.

The soundtrack features many trending TikTok songs like Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Brutal’ and Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever’. Occasionally an old tune creeps in. Usually songs that were popular among his teens in the 90’s or his 2000’s. It’s a long soundtrack, with songs that everyone can recognize and enjoy while watching.

From flashy party outfits to pastel school uniforms, costumes were a huge part of the film. For teenage movies, it creates somewhat unrealistic ideals of how teenagers dress, and does not allow movies to be appropriate fashion inspirations like previous teenage movies. It’s trying to be the next ‘Clueless’ or ‘Heathers’ and has been called both a teen comedy and a fashion inspiration.

Modernizing teen movies allows them to explore sexuality without creating too much scandal. It’s an important piece of work representing a movie as big as one of the main characters is part of her LGBTQIA+ community. The film also does well in including a diverse cast member, relatively consistent with the usual demographic of teenage audiences.

The movie only runs for about 2 hours, so it flies by. It pays great attention to character development, thoroughly establishing every character arc and taking the time to delve deeper into that focus.

This movie should have used theatrical energy to make this story a TV show. With so many characters, relationships, backstories and plot points, it makes sense to do so. Netflix always wants to drop another teen hit, but it never learns a lesson about what it should be working on more. There appears to be wide audience ratings following the film’s release, so perhaps a second film could be in the works.

“Do Revenge” definitely has its fun and dramatic moments, balancing the usual teenage tropes with its ability to stand out on its own despite a few flaws. Overall, it’s one of the best teen comedies the platform has put out in years, taking revenge on the notable teen movies before it.

Logan Humphrey_

logan ciara humphrey

lh129720@ohio.edu

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