Don’t Worry Darling movie review

Phia Huebner, Editor

I am a Florence Pugh fan. I would do anything for that woman . . . including watching this plotless, thoughtless, and poorly executed movie. Maybe the number of TikToks I watched that raved about this movie left my expectations astronomically too high, or maybe I wish Harry Styles would stick to making music. Regardless, the immense fuss over the release of this movie and the supreme letdown of the actual results left me more than disappointed when the credits rolled. 

Set in a 1950s utopian community, the leading couple Alice and Jack have a seemingly perfect life. Jack leaves every day to work on a top-secret project known as “Project Victory,” while Alice lives the luxurious housewife dream. When Alice begins to experience strange occurrences in their tight-knit community, she starts to question what is really going on in this too-good-to-be-true place she calls home. 

This movie was visually stunning and captured the aesthetic of the seamless 1950s perfectly. Everyone rocked the 1950s fashion. The cinematography was flawless and every shot was carefully curated. Florence Pugh delivered a perfect performance as always, capturing emotions I didn’t even know could be visually represented. Unfortunately, Flo’s consistently strong performance made Styles appear rather shallow. He didn’t do a bad job, don’t get me wrong, but putting him up against a film monster like Flo made the comparison too easy to make. 

I was completely hooked on this movie for the first two acts. I loved the characters, the plot was twist after twist, confused look after confused look, and then just like that . . . it was over. The third act did not keep up the mysterious energy and the big reveal, the climax, and the earth-shattering moment was downplayed so severely that I was expecting another massive twist. Alas, it did not come, and we were all stuck with the mediocre plot twist, the underwhelming reveal, and an underwhelming ending. 

It appears that most of the world agrees with my opinion of this movie. Earning only 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, 48% on Metacritic, and a 6.3/10 on IMDB, Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, created more ruckus offscreen than on.