Movie Review: ‘Do Revenge’ Revenges Classic Teen Movies

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Netflix’s ‘Do Revenge’ offers a fun, updated take on Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Strangers on a Train’, although instead of being a dark thriller, it takes a modern approach and turns it into a dark comedy. . It’s a worthy modern teen flick for a new generation of teens with a star-studded cast, a clever plot, and a remarkable soundtrack. As with most teen movies today, it takes the usual teenage tropes, but adds a level of self-awareness necessary to cultivate a younger audience.

The film embarks on the journey of two teenage girls to get revenge on their enemies by trading revenge for each other to commit. Popular “it girl” Drea Torres (Camila Mendes) seeks revenge on her ex-boyfriend for leaking her sex tape while new transfer student Eleanor (Maya Hawke) seeks revenge on a girl who sparked a predatory rumor about him. Together, these two young girls band together to perform humiliation on the people who have wronged them.

Some of the major plot points are obviously recycled from other recent teen adaptations, but it tries to take those similarities and turn them into satire. After a video of the protagonist leaks, she is shamed by her peers. In contrast, her boyfriend is relieved to have started a “Cis Hetero Men Championing Female Identifying Students League” to “apologize” for his actions. These satirical “Gen-Z” jokes make the movie more bearable than other teen movies aimed at a specific generation by actually giving them what they want.

One of the glaring problems with the film is that the actors are well outside of the designated age range, as most of them are in their twenties. Camilla Mendes, the main character of the film, is 10 years older than the high school girl she plays. While it doesn’t seem too obvious that the cast is moderately older than the characters they play, the cast is full of recognizable faces, which makes most viewers aware of the issue.

There are so many familiar faces to tell, from “Stranger Things” Maya Hawke to “13 Reasons Why” Alisha Boe to “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner. While the age difference is considerably steep, there’s no denying the glut of talent in this star-studded cast, as each actor and actress brings their own subtlety and heart to their character’s performance.

An underdeveloped role was 2000s icon Sarah Michelle Geller, who added tons of charm and fun to every time she was onscreen, but her runtime wasn’t enough. This isn’t the first time Netflix has included a competent actor from the 2000s just to smother them. Former Geller co-star Matthew Lillard had a partial role on Netflix’s “He’s All That” in 2021, but barely got the attention he deserves.

The soundtrack features plenty of TikTok trending songs, including Olivia Rodrigo’s “Brutal” and Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever.” Every now and then an older song would creep in, usually ones that were also trending among teens in the 90s or 2000s. With a long soundtrack, there’s a song everyone can recognize and enjoy. while watching.

Costumes were a big part of the film, from flashy party outfits to pastel school uniforms, each outfit choice creates its own spectacle while partially distracting the eyes. For a teen movie, this kind of creates an unrealistic ideal of how a teenager dresses, not allowing the movie to be a real fashion inspiration like previous teen movies had. He’s trying to be the next ‘Clueless’ or ‘Heathers’, dubbed as both a teen comedy and a fashion inspiration, even though he tries his best, he’s not quite up to it. .

Modernizing a teenage movie allows you to explore sexuality without causing too much scandal. With one of the main characters being part of the LGBTQIA+ community, that’s an important piece of representation for a movie as big as this. The film also manages to include diverse cast members, relatively fitting the normal demographics of a teenage crowd.

The duration of the film is about two hours, which does not seem to pass. He cares considerably about his character development, painstakingly laying out each character arc and taking his time to dive deep into his lens.

The movie should have tapped into its theatrical energy to make this story into a TV show. With so many characters, relationships, backstories, and plot points, it would make sense to do so. Netflix, always eager to drop another hit teen show, never learns its lesson on what they should work with more. Maybe a second movie could be in the works as there seems to be wide appreciation from the audience after the movie’s release.

“Do Revenge” definitely has its fun and dramatic moments, balancing the usual teenage tropes with the ability to stand out, despite a few flaws. Overall, it manages to be one of the best teen comedies the platform has aired in years, avenging the top-tier teen movies that came before it.

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