I almost did not watch “Don’t Worry Darling”, given the amount and type of drama that preceded the movie’s launch earlier this year. That would’ve been a mistake since the mystery thriller turned out to be way better than many thought it would be.
The movie portrays the life of a 1950s couple in an idyllic, utopian town set in the desert, called Victory. The too-good-to-be-true existence of the experimental community will soon be tainted by disturbing events linked to the men’s secretive jobs with the company that created the Victory Project.
What I liked about it
- The movie looks amazing. The way they recreated the 1950s era for “Don’t Worry Darling” is one of the best I’ve seen. Worth a watch, even if only for the aesthetics.
- Florence Pugh’s portrayal of Alice is magnificent. I did not know Pugh’s previous work – or, if I did see her in something previously, I do not remember her performance, sorry – but she is the perfect choice for the leading role.
- Chris Pine as the villain. Pine plays the role of Frank, the charming, manipulative, mysterious leader of the Victory Project. It is him and Pugh that pull most of the weight of the movie.
- Olivia Wilde did a great job directing “Don’t Worry Darling” and her character fits the 1950s scene perfectly.
- Harry Styles does a decent job portraying Alice’s husband, Jack. I had zero expectations from his acting, to be honest. If anything, I expected the presence of a pop star to ruin a potentially good movie. But this wasn’t the case. Style is not a great actor but this role did not require him to be Oscar-worthy anyway. He did well and he has plenty of time to become better at the craft.
- The choreography. Once again, the script itself did not call for great-on-their-own dance scenes but those that accompanied the movie’s main message were well done and mesmerizing. Just what the Victory setting needed.
- Dita Von Teese’s appearance. Perfect 1950s showgirl scenes.
- It was predictable, but not quite. “Don’t Worry Darling” borrowed most of its elements but the way those parts were put together made for an entertaining result. For example, the twist was predictable but the type of twist was not.
What I didn’t like about it
- The story could’ve been bigger. They checked the mystery part but the thrills could’ve been enhanced. They could’ve explored the topic of a utopian society even further. I would’ve liked more scenes where the lead character goes against the villain and his minions.
My favorite scene
- Tough to choose one because all the scenes that include Florence Pugh are perfect. Those were my favorites.
WHERE TO WATCH “DON’T WORRY DARLING”
Year: 2022. Main Cast: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde. Company: New Line Cinema, New Line Productions, Vertigo Entertainment, and Warner Bros.
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