Reviewing film, Don’t Worry Darling


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Alice (Florence Pugh) in the Olivia Wilde-directed film “Don’t Worry Darling.”

The Oscar-nominated actress Florence Pugh and celebrity pop music artist Harry Styles star in the 1950s set psychological thriller/mystery film “Don’t Worry Darling.” Directed by Olivia Wilde, the Sept. 23-released film stars many other well-known actors and actresses such as Chris Pine, Gemma Chan and Nick Kroll.

In the 1950s, Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles) live in the idealized community of Victory, an experimental company town that houses the men who work at a top-secret project location. While the husbands toil away, the wives get to enjoy the beauty and luxury of their seemingly perfect paradise. However, when suspicious cracks in Alice’s idyllic life begin to appear, they expose flashes of something sinister lurking below the surface. Alice can’t help but question exactly what she and Jack are doing in the community known as Victory.

Reviews on the film were mixed. Many people liked it, and what director Wilde said it stood for. Others however, pointed out how many plot holes the film had. Due to the lack of flow, many people refused to rate it above 5 stars out of 10. If minor plot holes don’t matter to you, it is an enjoyable psychological thriller. It was entertaining the whole way through, and had some good jump scares.The movie received a rating of 6.3/10 on IMDb and a 38 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience rating was 3.1/5 stars.

Wilde’s main goal was to portray the past sexism and male control men had over women in the 1950s and how those same themes are still present in today’s date. “We thought a lot about the generations of women that came before ours, but unfortunately, also the generation of women that we are in right now — in terms of bodily autonomy. It was a huge part of why we wanted to tell the story,“ said Wilde in a Movie.Web interview.

We rate this film a 9/10. We found it entertaining and hard to look away from. We were blown away by how creative and original the plot line was, especially with the plot twist at the end. Both performances from Pugh and Styles were brilliant. It was interesting to see Styles take on a role in the acting industry, when his main line of work is singing and songwriting, but he played it well. We weren’t surprised by Pugh’s performance. She has such a wide range of acting levels from the horror film, “Midsommar,” to the light-hearted family film, “Little Women” (2019). In this performance, she took it to the next level. Her acting was powerful and genuine, and really made you feel for her character.