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Netflix's Do Revenge is an intoxicating homage to 1990s teen movies

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What is the line between homage and derivative?

If the main reason movies are so enjoyable is because they remind you of other movies you loved, can movies stand on their own?

that is the concern take revengea Netflix teen movie starring Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke.

Directed by Jennifer Catin Robinson (Thor: Love and Thunder), co-authored by her and Celeste Ballard, take revenge Focused on the 1990s, it draws on a great many teen movies that came before it.

It’s a movie made by someone who clearly loves the movies she grew up with, and the sense of joy in playing in the same sandbox is much more evident. That enthusiasm is contagious and easily swept away.

From the casting of Sarah Michelle Gellar as the principal, Romy and Michele High Schoolreunion, take revenge It’s an avalanche of pastiche.It’s a bitter tone jaw breaker Or the underrated Mandy Moore/Jenna Malone comedy Saved!mixed with the visual palette of ignorance And Alfred Hitchcock’s plot mechanics stranger on the train.

The story centers around Drea (Mendes), an incredibly beautiful and incredibly popular student in Miami. She may come from a poor family, but she made it. teen vogue list.

But it all comes crashing down when her and Max’s (Austin Abrams) sex tape is leaked all over the school. She knows Max did it, but as is often the case when you’re at the intersection of economically disadvantaged women and cultural minorities, Drea is the one who pays the price.

A harrowing story about the tennis camp she’s working for the summer, where she meets soon-to-be transfer student Eleanor (Hawke) and is kicked out of the closet by a school friend named Carissa (Ava Capri). To do.

Drea and Eleanor had an epiphany when they realized they could carry out each other’s revenge plans.

It’s a simple and elegant scheme – and we can thank Patricia Highsmith for its criminal intent mistress. It’s Hitchcock’s adaptation of her book. Perfect environment. It’s a place where emotions run high, unrestrained, and tend towards performative comic book villains.

take revengeYour story is cheeky and interesting. Even if it’s shaky, it works mostly to keep you entertained. It’s shaky at first and almost completely lost towards the end before sticking to landing.

There are some inconsistent character choices that don’t settle, but it’s not a deal breaker.

Robinson is waving enough pompoms that the derivative really feels like love. What does he say about a movie with a croquet match? heathersor which has a building called Horowitz Hall?

If you love the teen movie era and the Easter eggs that point to it as much as Robinson does, take revenge It can be intoxicatingly fun.

And nothing encapsulates it better than its soundtrack. Weaved between uses of contemporary artists like Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, and Phoebe Bridgers is a setlist of ’90s bangers. .

Music is a shortcut to evoking a particular time and mood, but it bothers me when it’s ineffective. Want to tap into the loose, optimistic era of the late 1990s right away? Blow a little Third-Eye Blind or The Cranberries.

Be the first movie in years to crank or call back Harvey Danger’s “Flagpole Sitta.” cruel intentions What is Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You”?and a specific cruel intentions A visual reference driving away in a vintage convertible while the camera is pulled in for a wide shot.

take revenge Nostalgia punch, no doubt, but pop culture doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Anything that is released is having a conversation with something that was previously released. take revenge You can effectively weaponize the past to increase your credibility and gain access to all power. Never get bored.

take revenge It’s not as iconic as the movies it loves.You probably won’t talk about it in 10, 2, 3 years like we do 10 things you hate, ignorance Also mean girls But at the moment, there are a lot of fun things to do.

evaluation: 3.5/5

Do Revenge is now streaming on Netflix

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