Hello, My Movievaures! I hope you had a great week. I’m back with a new movie review: Don’t Worry Darling. I know there were tons of articles and reactions about the controversy surrounding the crew, but I will not address this here because it has little to do about the movie in itself. In any case, I was looking forward to its release, because I love Florence Pugh’s performance and I have a great interest in the Psychological/thriller genre. But, as usual, let’s get to the non-spoilers part beforehand:
Alice and Jack, the ideal couple, lovers and accomplices live in the idealized community of Victory. Every day, they live the perfect American lives portrayed in the 50s, surrounded by their neighbors who seem to also live in this fantasy. While their husbands work all day, the wives get to enjoy the pleasures of this community without guilt. The only condition: is to not ask questions. Thus, when one of the wive has a tragic accident, cracks will appear in Alice’s life, forcing her to question why she is doing in Victory.
I will get straight to the point: Florence Pugh’s performance is the highlight of this movie. She carries the film almost all by herself. Of course, the rest of the characters are good, mainly Olivia Wilde and Chris Pine; Harry Styles is quite forgettable even though he is one of the main characters (aka Jack), but little compared to Alice’s screen time. She is sensual, ferocious, and incredulous. This character is clearly amazing and it’s a good thing because we spent most of the time with her.
Regarding the storyline, it was quite intriguing. The set during the 50s in the middle of the desert is as stunning as it is disturbing. You constantly feel the isolation and the danger around the inhabitants. The idea that this idyllic life is just a lie, is not new but quite well explored throughout the movie, as we don’t necessarily expect the revelation by the end of it. However, even though I liked the idea, I think that the execution was not great. For a movie whose goal is to keep us in the dark, showing during a long scene the reason why Jack and Alice are in Victory is a bit on the nose I will say.
In short, forget about the controversy and the bad reviews that have nothing to do with the content of the movie. It is worth it. Not perfect indeed, but it will keep you on the edge of your seat. There is a mystery and disturbing scenes, but nothing too gory that will make you uneasy. The revelation is interesting, and good criticism of those who still defend the values of patriarchy. However, I think there was probably a more subtle way to explain in some way what is really happening behind the scenes of perfection, without literally exposing everything. This is all for today My Movievaures! Let me know in the comments down below or on Instagram (the_movievaures) your thoughts on this movie. I’ll see you next week for a new article!