We’ve all been angry teenagers, so we’re going to like Do Revenge with Maya Hawke

“What would happen if we took the thriller element of a Hitchcock movie and put it in a high-school movie?”, This was the premise of Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, the challenge that led her to direct the film Do RevengAnd. Maya Hawke, who just returned as Robin in Stranger Things and Camila Mendes are Eleanor Levetan and Drea Torres, protagonists of the new dark comedy available on Netflix that promises, in stark contrast to the pastel-colored aesthetic, to stage adolescent anger without brakes and without sweeteners. At the center is the search for revenge, but this time in the context of a teen movie, in a mixture between Mean Girls and Heathers (cult of the genre with Winona Ryder) between pleated skirts, schoolgirls dressed all the same and gossip that meander between the corridors.

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Robinson actually started with Hitchcock, drawing inspiration from the 1951 film The other man in turn based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith Strangers on the train. Eleanor and Drea meet by chance and discover they have something in common: their life has been ruined and now they want to take revenge. Drea (Mendes) lost her role as the most popular high school girl after hers guy shared an intimate video of him without consent and Eleanor (Hawke) is mocked and excluded due to gossip about her relationship with a girl. “I don’t want to make him pay for it. I want to burn her to the ground, ”Hawke says in a scene from the trailer when the two girls choose to take each other’s revenge. This will include machinations, drugs, arrests and humiliations of various kinds. “I think there are different points where everyone is the villain and everyone is the hero in this story,” Robinson told Elle“I wanted to make something that painted with all the colors of adolescence.”

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He had already thought about it Heatersthe 1988 film with Winona Rider to create a dark parody of teenage films and, even in that case, at the center was the malice made of pure instinct, vented against everything and everyone. Do Revenge explores more female anger as a reaction not always well seen by a society that asks girls to be docile and smiling. “At the heart of this project,” Mendes explains, “are two young women who try to deal with their trauma and try to figure out the best way to do it.” Everything is treated with lightness, humor, a bit of madness and great attention to the aesthetics of the 90s and 2000s. For Hawke, the result can be jarring, we’re not used to seeing two high school girls tap into their darkest impulses.. “The discomfort is present whenever you have to look at unsavory or imperfect female characters,” Hawke explained to Refinery29: “It’s as if our world isn’t necessarily comfortable seeing them.”

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We’ve all been angry teenagers, so we’re going to like Do Revenge with Maya Hawke