Movie Review: Don’t Worry Darling

Kady Finegan, Staff Reporter, Junior

On September 23, one of the most anticipated films of the year, “Don’t Worry Darling,” was released. Despite the disappointing and very low review from critics, I feel this film was very well done and is far from upsetting.

Directed by Olivia Wilde, the movie stars Florence Pugh as Alice and Harry Styles as Jack. The plot follows a loving couple living the “American Dream” during the 1950s having a happy life with each other. They live in an experimental town where the husbands go work for the top-secret “Victory Project” while the wives stay home. Everything is going well until Alice begins to see through the cracks and realizes this community may not be as perfect as it seems. 

As the movie progresses, everything becomes more intense,keeping the audience entertained with an unexpected twist. The unique camera shots and dream sequences add to the suspense, and the costumes and set are utterly immersive. 

The film is held together by Florence Pughs impressive performance and the audience and the audience finds themselves rooting for her character the whole time.This was Harry Styles second movie, his first as a lead. While his stronger theatrical attribute may be singing, he had strong acting moments in this film towards the end. Sometimes his acting isn’t very convincing, but his character has a redeeming quality. Every character has significance and adds more life to the film. Chris Pine does a phenomenal job as the antagonist, and Olivia Wilde shows she can do a great job at directing.  

After leaving the theater, watchers can expect to leave with more questions than answers. There are multiple plot holes in the movie that never fully get answered. While there are elements of the plot that connect by the end, many moments don’t add up. Perhaps this is to confuse the audience, or there is a closer, hidden meaning. 

Don’t Worry Darling has a satisfying run-time of 2 hours and 3 minutes. The length works well, and the storyline keeps viewers on the edge of their seats for the whole movie. However, the countless plot holes may lead to discontent. This movie is perfect for lovers of psychological thrillers and drama-filled films alike.