A Simple Favor Becomes Vengefully Friendly in This ’90s Throwback Fest’s Do Revenge Review
On September 16, 2022, Netflix released a brand new movie that is sure to appeal to members of Generation Z called Do Revenge. The film was directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke, two of Hollywood’s brightest rising actresses, star in the ostensible black comedy as the alluring “revenge mothers” in this story about revenge taken by teenagers.
Drea, a character played bysponsible for the leak, which prompts Drea to hit him in the face. It is this punch that sets off the fake woke “ally,” and it is his ever-so-high position in school that pulls Drea’s appearing pals to his side, leaving her isolated as she is forced to deal with the agony of her social life being drastically reduced.
Drea is pushed in the direction of Maya Hawke’s character Eleanor because of the course of events and the consequen Mendes, is known for having a high school life that is “perfectly managed,” which has helped put her on the map as one of the cherished belongings of the It clique at their exclusive high school. Her world is flipped upside down when her lover Max, played by Austin Abrams, broadcasts her naked film to the school where they both attend. Upon being challenged, he claims that he is not the one reces that were handed out to her after that very public display of hostility. Eleanor was similarly wronged by a girl when they were younger and attending camp together. All of this began with the intention of extracting retribution on each other’s behalf, which eventually led to the formation of a possible alliance, which then developed into an improbable friendship between the two.
According to the movie’s official synopsis on Netflix, the film is:
IN THIS GLITTERING AND EDGEY DARK COMEDY, TWO ADOLescentS WHO ATTEND AN EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL JOIN FORCES IN ORDER TO DEFEAT EACH OTHER’S ENEMIES.
Do Revenge is stylistically comparable to another of Netflix’s most recent releases, Heartbreak High, but it features a far more vibrant colour palette than the latter. The music of Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo, as it is the case with every other teen movie, brings the story full circle. Without Rodrigo’s Brutal, you just cannot get a complete experience of the path that adolescent vengeance takes at this point in time.
The plan laid forth by Do Revenge makes use of allusions to a number of older as well as more recent collections of work that fall into the same general genre. The portrayal of Mendes’s character is strikingly similar to that of Euphoria’s Maddy Perez. Like Perez, Mendes’s character is a woman of colour who is not the stereotypical rich high school beauty taking the major role. You can also point out the obvious parallels that exist between this book and movies like Heathers and Mean Girls. The image of Alicia Silverstone’s Clueless, which was released in 1995, is also incorporated into Hawke’s makeover montage of the newly socially awkward girl, which was carried out by the former social queen.
The purpose of citing these archetypical titles is to bring attention to the fact that the new movie on Netflix has a tendency to follow a lot of the fundamental important features of this genre, such as incorporating love subplots into the narrative even though this is not what the audience wants. There is a strong presence of a social hierarchy in high school, complete with the formation of different cliques and the consumption of members of more popular groups by the less popular ones. One of the most fundamental changes is that Abrams’ version of the It boy takes the place of the much-admired It girl. This decision has the effect of shifting the attention of the movie toward the restrictive sisterhood that exists within the story, which, in a strange manner, serves to benefit only the main characters.
The decision to have the characters dress in pastel colours that are popular with Gen Z contributed significantly to the film’s visually appealing vibe. On the other hand, the director has some fun with it by playing a game with it. After the first half of the movie, there is a twist that is introduced that is reminiscent of the movie “Simple Favor” starring Blake Lively. This twist may or may not have been foreseeable, but it is very Hitchcockian in the sense that it pertains to teenagers. The colour change in Mendes’ uniform is vitally important to the plot, despite the fact that it might not be considered a kind of foreshadowing. Her first outfit, which was motivated by vengeance and was all green, stands in stark contrast to Hawke’s character, who wears a lovely lilac attire. The director’s storytelling includes a very strategic and deft move in the form of a transition between these colour themes at some point in the narrative.
To return to the premise of the film once more, there are hardly any grownups present amidst the overwhelming number of young people seen on screen. The movie with the Cruel Intentions The one and only exception is Sarah Michelle Gellar, who once more calls back to the age of such movies that occurred in the ’90s. Despite the fact that the casting for the various other characters was top-notch, they are little more than pieces in the game being played by the film’s protagonists and antagonists. You could be under the impression that the famous Sophie Turner also has a role in the film. Her existence seems to be an unavoidable component and the one that makes the least amount of sense. No one is substantial enough or has anything more to contribute to the cooperation between Mendes and Hawke other than playing the role of fillers.
And last but not least, the romantic subplots. They are the most distracting aspect of the movie. Despite all of the additions, the romantic resolution at the conclusion adheres to the conventional notion of a happy ending prevalent in the 1990s and 2000s, which is that a happy ending is associated with the protagonists discovering their superior (romantic) halves.
Is it Worth Your Time to Watch Revenge?
The societal commentary on faux wokeness, which is more of an afterthought in the film, and Abrams’ nemesis, who seems to be relatively underplayed, are two big areas in which Do Revenge seems to fall short of its potential. The two main characters spend the entirety of the movie plotting their retribution against the antagonist, but when it is finally carried out, they find that it does not even bring them satisfaction. In a society inhabited by adolescents, where no one is black or white and where it is impossible to identify either an unwavering ally or a formidable foe, the absence of a heinous mastermind may be deliberate, but it may also be accidental.
In the end, the resolution provides enough satisfaction, at least for the joint vengeance party that Mendes and Hawke were going for as it should’ve been. The complementary performances given by Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke are the primary reason why you should see this movie rather than skipping it solely because it is an attention-grabbing nostalgia fest. Their energy feed off of one another and erupt onscreen, which makes the voyage an even more visually exciting experience for us. If you pay attention to these “two wounded soldiers on the battlefield of adolescence” together with their pseudo-Shakespearean speeches, then the movie will work its spell on you. As a result, I recommend that you watch it only for the two of them. Deranged platonic soulmates for the win. Do Revenge is now available to watch in its entirety on Netflix.
Drea and Eleanor, two high school students who are in the same class together, have their lives turned upside down when they are expelled from the high school they attended together. Drea experiences feelings of humiliation as a result of a topless film of herself that was accidentally shared with others in addition to her boyfriend Max. After a rumour that she attempted to kiss Carrissa while holding her down and attempting to do so begins to spread, Eleanor is shunned by her peers and eventually becomes an outcast. Drea and Eleanor become friends and make a pact to stand up to the bullies that both of them have been victimised by.
It was reported on October 14, 2020, that Netflix was in the process of developing the film, which was titled Strangers at the time. The film was co-written and directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, who drew her inspiration for the project from Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1951). Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke were rumoured to play roles in the November 2020 production. Early in 2021, it was stated that there would be additional cast members.
It was planned that the principal photography would take place in Los Angeles at the beginning of 2021. The last scene was filmed in August of 2021.
- Camila Mendes as Drea Torres
- Maya Hawke as Eleanor Levetan/Cutler
- Rish Shah as Russ Lee
- Sophie Turner as Erica Norman
- Sarah Michelle Gellar as the Headmaster
- Austin Abrams as Max Broussard
- Eliza Bennett as Jessica
- Alisha Boe as Tara
- Talia Ryder as Gabbi Broussard
- Paris Berelc as Meghan
- Jonathan Daviss as Elliot
- Maia Reficco as Montana
- Ava Capri as Carissa Jones
- Francesca Reale as Ariana
- Olivia Sui as Sage
- Rachel Matthews as Allegra
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