The phrase “Do Revenge” may not be grammatically correct, but when a movie is as entertaining as this, who cares? Netflix’s new series not only revives teen revenge thrillers, but gives it a pastel-themed makeover, updating familiar visuals to match World’s sensibilities. Generation Z. Following two teenage girls who wreak havoc on the lives of their enemies, the film serves as a twist on the Hitchcock horror film “Strangers on a Train,” but also draws inspiration from the movies. Classic teen of the 80s, 90s and ’00s. The result is wilder, funnier, and much smarter than you’ll realize at first glance.
The film from writer-director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and co-writer Celeste Ballard is filled with easter eggs that go far beyond the script. Visual references include “Clueless”, “Mean Girls”, “Scream” and more – and then there’s the matter of selection. “Do Revenge” is stacked with stars from the hottest teen hits. Like anyone of teen television, the series includes actors from “Euphoria,” “13 Reasons Why,” “Ms. Marvel,” “Love Victor,” and “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin.” In a surprise role, it even stars Sarah Michelle Geller (“Cruel Intentions”, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) which sends her back to high school as the wise yet intimidating principal, a women with perfect tailored clothes and great life advice.
Most important are the two main actors Camila Mendes (“Riverdale”) and Maya Hawke (“Stranger Things”), who have the same chemistry as the film’s revenge soulmates. The movie wouldn’t be the same without the perfectly matched line-up, which is why “Do Revenge” director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson took a long time to keep that cast intact even as the schedule unfolds. a star’s course is impeded.
Strange things almost get in the way
In the midst of being cast as the lead in “Do Revenge,” both Hawke and Mendes were extremely busy thanks to the big TV gigs they were used to. But while Mendes has completed filming for “Riverdale,” the pandemic shutdown has delayed Season 4 of “Stranger Things” so far interspersed with the film’s schedule. In an unfortunate moment, it looked like the movie was destined to lose one of its lead roles.
Robinson explains the dilemma in an exclusive chat with IndieWire:
“In the summer of 2020, we pick Camila and Maya, and then ‘Stranger Things’ push and push and push and we lose Maya. OK, who? Who will Eleanor be?’ Because if we wait come after ‘Stranger Things’, we’ll lose Camila.”
Do Revenge took a road trip to keep Maya Hawke
Losing one of the two stars would have had a huge impact on the film as both actresses were so perfectly chosen. Former queen Drea is very similar to Mendes’ Veronica Lodge in “Riverdale,” but with angrier and sharper dialogue. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role – who else has the right attitude and eyebrows? But the same holds true for Hawke’s Eleanor, a weird surrogate girl with a surprisingly dark side – who else could capture the “cool girl” energy with just the right vibes? This is the problem that puts Robinson, who is in a difficult situation:
“I said, ‘I can’t I can’t lose Cami, it has to be. Cami is Drea.” But I can’t even participate in the search for another Eleanor because it’s just Maya. It had to be Maya, I felt it shudder. “
Solution? Find a way to keep both stars in this role, even if that means making big changes elsewhere. And so, six weeks before production started, the “Do Revenge” team packed up and moved to Atlanta. With a new location but the same schedule, Mendes was able to stay on board while Hawke filmed the movie and “Stranger Things” at the same time. All worked out for the best – except, of course, any and all enemies of the vengeful duo, Drea and Eleanor.
“Do Revenge” is currently streaming on Netflix.
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