Don't Worry Darling: Movie Review

Don't Worry Darling: Don't Worry It's Actually Decent

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With all the controversy around it and the rumored troubled production, you would think that "Don't Worry Darling" is going to be a dud of a film. Surprisingly, it was actually pretty decent. And while it has major issues in fully developing its world, its characters, and its ideas, "Don't Worry Darling" was a tense and mystery filled experience and one that had our interests and attention from start to finish.

Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles) are lucky to be living in the secluded yet idyllic community of Victory - the experimental town housing men who work for the "Victory Project" in company headquarters and their families who are left behind town each day. The societal optimism espoused by their CEO, Frank (Chris Pine) anchors every aspect of daily life in the tight-knit desert utopia. But when Alice sees that one of her closest friends having a break down, cracks in the town's ideals are exposed and hinting to something sinister lurking beneath the attractive façade. Will Alice continue questioning Frank and risk losing it all or will she follow Jack's advice to just stop worrying.

If there's one thing that "Don't Worry Darling" did well, it would be that it was able to sustain its mystery and tension most of the way until the final act. We actually found ourselves invested in its narrative by a surprising amount. It had the potential to top any "Black Mirror" episode. The keyword though is "potential" because if we're being honest, "Don't Worry Darling" might have gotten its bigger picture right but the key details to make it outstanding were severely missing. In fact, there will be a lot of revelations and elements in the film's story that never gets explained or made much sense. These felt like they were placed out of convenience to make the story move or be more controversial without factoring in logic. There was also a tendency for the film to go on long stretches wherein key supporting characters just go missing and show up us needed. Luckily, Florence Pugh was amazing as Alice (and she probably saved this film from being a complete mess) so we appreciated the extreme amount of screen time that she received but this also meant that it stimied a lot of important characterization to fully flesh out its world and concepts. Finding out the real story of Victory felt fresh but without much care to much of its back story and content, "Don't Worry Darling" had a lot of its potentials go down the drain.    

Rating: 3 reels

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