Don't Worry Darling (2022)

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Directed By Olivia Wilde Olivia Wilde Starring Florence Pugh Florence Pugh  •  Harry Styles Harry Styles  •  Chris Pine Chris Pine  •  Olivia Wilde Olivia Wilde  •  Gemma Chan Gemma Chan Genres Drama  •  Female-Directed Film  •  Marriage Drama  •  Mystery  •  Psychological Drama  •  Psychological Thriller  •  Satire  •  Science Fiction  •  Thriller Studios &
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New Line Cinema
Release Info 2022-09-05T00:00:00Z September 5, 2022
Color  •  123 minutes R Rated R
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midnight_hum

midnight_hum on 9/27/2022 Reply  · 

Florence Pugh’s acting is so good, it tricks you into thinking that her character is actually well written. Sadly, very little of the plot or characters in this lavishly costumed, gorgeously shot film are well written. Aside from Pugh, the acting is also a bit of a mess. The chemistry between Pugh and Styles feels one sided, with the former One Direction star acting HARD but not necessarily acting WELL. A scene where he screams and beats the steering wheel of his car feels like a film student performance – someone who’s only watched Al Pacino films. Chris Pine’s Frank is creepy, kind of interesting I guess, and barely in the film. The pacing is strange, sometimes urgent, sometimes meandering. I wafted between states of boredom and interest. We spend a lot of time watching Pugh’s character cook in the kitchen, while listening to Frank’s droning propaganda podcast (why Pugh would want to listen to this podcast day after day makes no sense).

The worst part of this film, the thing that not even Pugh can save, are the ham-fisted metaphors – presented both in the tired screenplay and in the rote visual motifs. We’ve seen it all before: close ups of dilating eyes, a dead woman appearing in the mirror, dancers with grotesque faces, the female protagonists under water almost suffocating – it can’t all be, like, a metaphor for something could it? Is she going crazy? Or, dare say, could there actually be something altogether WRONG about the utopian paradise of Victory, California? Geez, I wonder.

The truly sad part of this film isn’t that it’s just ripping off the visuals and ideas of other, better media (Stepford Wives, American Beauty, Persona, The Matrix, Annihilation, Mad Men etc. etc.), and it’s not that it doesn’t have anything else to add (to be clear: it doesn’t), it’s just that what it seems to be trying to say about female agency in a male dominated world is constantly undermined by the underdeveloped female characters (and underdeveloped male characters), shoddy world building, trite, overused metaphors, and eye rolling twist (don’t get me started on the twist, is it really a twist if you see it coming from a mile away?). Even the glitter of set design, sharp cinematography, and great Florence Pugh performance can’t hide how shallow this movie is. Perhaps Don’t Worry Darling should have worried a bit more about how it was saying the thing it wanted to say.

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Wade92

Wade92 on 11/29/2022 Reply  · 

Definitely directed by Olivia Wilde...take that as you will

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