Don’t Worry Darling Review

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Don’t Worry Darling is a film by director Olivia Wilde that follows a small community as they work on a top-secret project. It stars Florence Pugh as Alice and Harry Styles as Jack, a couple living in the idealized ’50s-style community of Victory, where the men go off to work on the project and the wives get to relax at home. There are questionable events happening around Alice, and she’ll need to go outside of her comfortable life to find out the truth. Don’t Worry Darling is intriguing with its idea, but the story quickly falls flat once the third act begins. However, the cast is solid and Pugh is outstanding.

Don’t Worry Darling plays on the whole ideal lifestyle that somehow turns into a nightmare. Alice is part of a peaceful town and has a dedicated husband, but things start to peel off, revealing something sinister as she sees a friend acting odd and encountering resistance when she wants to venture outside the town.

Florence Pugh is wonderfully cast as Alice, who helps set the tone and the madness she will be experiencing. Her mind starts to get troubled, and she’s able to convey the insanity of the town. Styles is surprising as Jack, where he gets to show off his charm and his dramatic side.

The film’s theme is that of torment, and with the pacing and how everyone is acting as if Alice is crazy, the viewers feel that torment alongside her. Pine’s Frank would challenge Alice’s views, Jack would reassure her that everything is fine, and the whole community would think that something is off with her. This movie definitely succeeds in making the viewers feel for her, but this drags on and on as if beating a dead horse, resulting in a miserable product. The third act came too late, and by that time, it throws a curveball that raises even more questions.

Don’t Worry Darling is an ambitious effort from Wilde with an appealing concept, and Florence Pugh and Harry Styles both deliver wondrous performances. Ultimately, the thriller left us feeling agonized in its execution and pacing.

Score: 2/5 Atoms

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