Do you ever watch a trailer and immediately realize that this is going to be a great film? I was correct to make these assumptions because Do Revenge is one of the most enjoyable films of 2022 and also one of the best Netflix movies to watch right now.
The Do Revenge cast has some talented actors on the rise, including Maya Hawke, Camila Mendes, and Austin Abrams. It's a funny film with many nostalgic references and clear influences from some of the best teen films, including some great teen movies on Netflix. While watching it, I couldn't help but have many thoughts, including that I would like Sarah Michelle Gellar to bury me in the woods and lead the search party to find me.
Here are a few of my other thoughts.
Warning: There may be spoilers ahead of you. Proceed with caution.
This Film Is Designed For Gen Z, Yet Feels For Multiple Generations
Do Revenge is a film about high school students, but nothing in it completely screams Gen Z. It screams Millennials (and Gen Xers who were teens in the 1990s) but some films are undoubtedly not designed for the generation it represents.
I believe Gen Z will benefit from this film, particularly because it includes actors they know, but it seems more like a love letter to films from the 1990s and early 2000s. This automatically implies that it will likely connect more with some Gen Xers and Millennials. Some of the music is from todays artists, but a lot of the songs are ones that Millennials and Gen X have heard many times during their youth.
Do Revenge drew my attention to films such as Mean Girls, The Craft, Heathers, Bring It On, Jawbreaker, Clueless, and Scream. The movie's conclusion echoed the Cruel Intentions ending, making Sarah Michelle Gellar's casting even more enticing and perfect.
Do Revenge has all the ingredients to be one of the greatest teen movies, especially ones made in the 1990s or early 2000s. It also feels like a future cult classic, because it knows its audience and craft a clever script that is both nostalgic and innovative. This allows it to reach many generations of users.
Do Revenge Is Aesthetically Pleasing
Because they are so all over the place, I could not say anything about the Rosehill Country Day school uniforms and the different ways the students styled them. The outfits are one thing I loved about the Do Revenge aesthetic. Most of them were very striking.
The Do Revenge wardrobe is quite similar to what you would see in the next Barbie film. I couldn't wait to see what the costume department would have the actors play next. The Do Revenge sets were also a surprise in terms of colors, brightness, and fun.
The house of everyone was both massive and uniquely beautiful. Everything about the costumes and setting, as well as the camera filters and editing, made Do Revenge seem unattainably beautiful (and overly bubblegum pop-like) and that was probably the point.
All These Characters Are Devious I Love It!
Movies that draw a clear line between good and evil are fine and often enjoyable, but antihero shows and movies are just a little more fascinating to me. Do Revenge is all about devious characters.
Drea (Camila Mendes) and Eleanor (Maya Hawke) are technically the main characters and heroes in the film. However, I wouldnt classify either of them as heroic figures. Both did some pretty nasty and mean-spirited things to themselves and others. However, when you compare them to Max (Austin Abrams), they are considered saints.
Drea and Eleanor not being particularly virtuous characters, but still ones you can root for and support, is half the fun of Do Revenge. Introducing the main characters that are morally ambiguous automatically makes me know that this film will be a good movie. Antiheroes are even better.
Even if your bestie wants to ruin your life, friendship is always important.
Female friendship films are fantastic because they demonstrate that friendships aren't necessarily one size fits all. Some friends cheer one other on in a ra, ra way. Others prefer a little more chaos in their relationships. Eleanor and she are, as Drea said, toxic soulmates.
There are many forms of platonic soulmates. One kind is all about learning, growing, and sharing joy with each other. The other type is the one that might encourage each other to conceal evidence of a potential crime. Of course, you will need at least one friend to help you.
Do Revenge Is Definitely A Film That Needs Multiple Viewings
The Do Revenge twist puts a lot of things into perspective. Eleanor will be able to recall all the times when Drea was displeased with her. It's also a great source of pop culture references, so re-watching it will allow you to find more of them.
With multiple viewings, there is a lot of clever foreshadowing throughout the film, even at the very beginning. I believe that Do Revenge will develop cult following, and re-watching it might help you do that sooner. For example, I didnt notice how much Max being exposed reminded me of Kathryns (Sarah Michelle Gellar) exposure at the end of Cruel Intentions. I also understood more now why Eleanor randomly screamed in her car
With each viewing, Do Revenge reveals a lot.
Do Revenge might be one of the finest revenge movies, especially if you like your revenge movies to be accompanied by a lot of humor. It's also one of the best movie-watching experiences I've had this year, so I'll add more thoughts.
- It also feels very 90s movie that Do Revenge is a modern take on a classic story (in this case Strangers on a Train).
- Would a Gen-Zer really name their emotional support gecko Oscar winner Olivia Colman and not something like Grammy winner Olivia Rodrigo?
- Its going to be awkward when Gabbi (Talia Ryder) brings Eleanor over to the Broussard household.
- This movie really just has no adult figures except the headmaster.
- Never seen a bunch of teens who could more benefit from therapy.
- Sophie Turner as Erica was one of the best casting decisions.
- I laughed so much at the I dont do cocaine! scene.
- Do Revenge is like the multiverse of 20-something actors playing teens on current hit teen shows.
- I love Do Revenge, but there is no way teens talk like this right now. Its giving Dawsons Creek dialogue choices.
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