Don't Worry Darling Has A Lot To Worry About
Olivia Wilde's latest film "Don't Worry Darling", while not an utter failure, falls short of expectations.
The psychological thriller 'Don't Worry Darling' (2022) by Olivia Wilde is the story of a 1950's experimental town called Victory. Superficially, everything seems perfect, alongside a complete and conventional life with diligent husbands, dutiful housewives, and content families. Life in Victory appears too good to be true, adorned with dream-fitted cocktail dresses and men in formal suits of the 1950s. But, as we've learned from 1950s cinema, things are not always as bright and beautiful as they seem in reality.
The film "Don't Worry Darling" shows the life of a happy young couple in the 1950s. Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles) enjoy a seemingly ideal life in the utopian experimental community of Victory, built and afforded by Jack's mysterious employer's company. Alice becomes curious about her husband's secretive job on Victory, leading her to investigate the town. Her curiosity about the city grew apprehension inside her house and the community. As the story progresses, it gets a little complicated, and if you don't concentrate very well, the film may leave you among those scratching their heads to understand what happened.
You will find "Don't Worry Darling," a modest psychological thriller with a lot going in its favor-- except a well-paced screenplay. Although you may keep on guessing throughout the movie at some points, the script appears slow, and you may feel certain things need to be taken a little further. Many elements and ideas are somewhat questionable, and the film takes inspiration from other movies and stories such as "Wanda Vision" and "The Stepford Wives." The plot urges the audiences to reflect on how a few male members of society want life to become and how life is in the actual world where we are currently living today.
One thing seems certain, Olivia Wilde thought more of the film than it turned out. Although she has tried to make everything look accurate and natural within the film, it's difficult to refrain from feeling uneasy at times. The cinematography seems engaging initially, but the film feels more like a compilation of cool music video visuals rather than a complete movie. Only Florence and her exceptional acting skills stand out in the film, but Styles seems to struggle to keep up. Also, you may find some aesthetics, application of symbolism, and some good food scenes in the film; but it would be better if more time was spent on the film’s answers than the mysteries.
To wind up, "Don't Worry Darling" is a mediocre psycho-thriller film that seems over-directed, under-written, and unevenly acted, making you feel stuck in the past. Even Olivia Wilde's well-rounded technical skills and strong vision have failed to support the film. You can watch it if you have nothing to do on the weekend, but there might be better ways to waste your time than watching this ironically worrying film.
Raving Rating: 6.1