A Film in Review: Don’t Worry Darling

Don’t Worry Darling is a new feature film with Harry Styles and Florence Pugh. The film is set in a town called Victory, reminiscent of America in the 1950s. The day-to-day life of the townspeople are the husbands going into work every day while their wives cook dinner, clean, and spend time with their friends. Actor and singer Harry Styles plays a character named Jack and Florence Pugh plays the lead role as his wife Alice. As the story progresses, you start to realize this seemingly perfect town has its sins to bear. While Alice is on her way to an event, she sees something that changes her perspective on the town.

The movie itself premiered at the Venice Film Festival despite going through several scandals, such as the replacement of Shia LaBeouf with Harry Styles as the lead actor, Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles dating, Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh arguments, and all of the turmoil between Harry Styles and Chris Pine. This spectacle between the actors offscreen overshadowed the movie. The film was all together fantastic. The amount of time spent leading up to the plot twist and length of the movie factored well into the experience. Florence Pugh, as usual, did an amazing performance with the classic “Flo frown”. The short scenes and Easter eggs within the movie that led to the plot twist were very interesting details, too. My favorite Easter egg was the screen transitioning to a different scene and during the transition, the main character appears on a hospital bed. This goes away within a second, but I found it so interesting how many clues to the plot twist were given to us throughout the film! Some important things to know is that it is not a romance movie but rather a sci-fi thriller which
made the movie an even better experience! I think this attracted a lot more viewers than it would have if it were just a romcom. “Style over substance” is a common criticism when it comes to this movie. The aesthetics of the project are nothing short of spectacular. Olivia Wilde’s directing is suited to the task, bringing about imagery of the fifties, which the movie’s character’s ideals align with. Though the plot is not predictable, it is not exactly groundbreaking either. Viewers may find themselves wondering what the movie was really meant to symbolize about society, which the movie is desperate to be. Florence Pugh’s acting almost made it worthwhile, as any viewer may find themselves watching the same plot on loop for the whole two hour movie with little pay off. The movie’s plot was messy and riddled with holes, amounting to nothing more than a visually appealing spectacle. Overall, the movie’s acting, directing, and plot twist make the film a worthwhile watch, certainly it has cemented itself as a pop culture moment.