Geek Review: Don’t Worry Honey

Are you ready for the life you deserve? Or rather the criticism of Olivia Wilde don’t worry darling deserved?

It’s easy not to want to mix real and real life, but this movie swims in a mix of both. Prior to the film’s release, the film was mired in controversy filled with burnt bridges, cheating relationships, and surprise spitting and kissing at the Venice Film Festival, which is the complete opposite of cookie-cut, perfectly wonderful life in Victory, where most of the drama and thrills happen in this thriller.

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“There is beauty in control. There is grace in symmetry. We move forward as one. That’s the mantra of Victory, an experimental company town in the mid-20th century, where men set off into the desert to work on a top-secret project involving the development of progressive materials, while their wives clean the house, bake shopping with friends and preparing dinner. Directed by Florence Pugh (Black Widow) as Alice and singer Harry Styles as Jack, everything seems like a dream in this 1950s fantasy, until Alice begins to question its reality.

don’t worry darling starts out strong, and actress-turned-director Wilde constructs a 50s-style American fantasy where women are second-class citizens to their ever-important husbands, dressed brand-new in bright hues of blues, reds, yellows and greens. Our female characters are dressed in beautiful dresses with poofy skirts, and the men are in elegant suits with slicked back hair. People are drinking, having fun, and having orgasms on dinner tables and bosses’ rooms, and it all goes on. And on. And on. Until something strange happens to one of the residents, Margaret (Kiki Layne) and the fantasy begins to unravel on its own.

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Cooking, cleaning, shopping and drinking begin to seem mundane to Alice and she begins to wonder what her beloved husband Jack does for a living, and why all the men in her neighborhood adore their boss Frank (Chris Pine) . The deeper Alice digs, the more she faces gaslighting from Frank, resident physician Dr. Dean Collins (Timothy Simons) and his best friend Bunny (Wilde), until she finally loses the head, or rather, discovers the truth behind Victory. Alice’s investigation takes up the central part of the film, and it’s here that we see some of the film’s strongest and weakest performances.

Despite the star-studded cast, Pugh is the undisputed star of this film. She brings back her acting skills from Midsommar with wide eyes, gaping mouths, and screams and screams so loud that viewers will be uncomfortable watching them. Watching her crumble under the gaslighting she received and the toxic dynamic she has with her husband will make anyone who has shared a similar experience cringe, because the patterns of speech and behavior are just too much. familiar. There’s no doubt that Pugh is directing the film and is the general attraction to watch the film, regardless of his feelings and opinion regarding the film’s bad publicity.

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Unfortunately, that means Styles looks like a complete amateur against Pugh. This is the pop star’s first starring role, after a short appearance in Marvel Studios Eternals and a role in Dunkirk, so putting him up against rising star Pugh on his big debut seems almost diabolical. Styles’ British accent drops here and there and with all the other actors and characters in the film sporting an American accent, Styles just seems out of place.

Maybe the new actor can’t play in an American accent – which makes sense for him to stick with a British accent – but the 28-year-old can’t even make up his mind. who British accent which he wants to use throughout the film. The movie also didn’t really explain how and why a British boy named Jack gets fucked with an American girl from Chicago either.

Many elements of the film are presented as a matter of fact, and while this works in some scenes, it tends to create more plot holes and questions. Of course, a small town also needs a small tram driver, but how did he get there? Does he know what the Victory project is? Does he also have a wife? How does Victory work for non-couples?

The writing in don’t worry darling isn’t exactly stellar either, which brings us to the incredibly messy and rushed final act. After hearing about Project Victory, the third act sees Alice trying to find a way to escape Victory. The car chase scenes were exciting enough, and the twist with her best friend Bunny was definitely unplanned and punchy, but after so much buildup, the film’s reveal – at least visually – fell flat.

The film ends on a black screen and viewers wonder, “What happened next?” “. And not even in a way that we would demand a sequel, but rather because it was so sudden and without addressing what Actually happens to Victory and its people after Alice exposes Frank. Alice’s eventual escape also seemed a little too quick and too easy, especially considering the messy situation she’d found herself in.

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Bad writing aside though, don’t worry darling is visually pretty. This might be the most stylish thriller we’ve seen so far. Wilde’s use of bright cotton candy colors to set up an idyllic facade for a truly evil plan is effective. The set and costumes are a 1950s dream in the sense that they lean heavily on the bright and shiny conformity of the era. Wilde also uses a set of repeated black and white visuals and patterns that contrast so much with the 50s fantasy that they create just enough discomfort and curiosity. Whereas don’t worry darling doesn’t live up to Wilde’s directorial debut intelligent library, he always successfully shows his abilities to be a great director. We know Wilde can play, and now we know Wilde can also lead.

don’t worry darling can sort of be considered a feminist movie too. It teases provocative ideas about gender roles and expectations and holds a sharp stiletto to the neck of the dated belief that women only exist to be a housewife and make their husbands happy.

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In reality, don’t worry darling is a thriller and horror for any modern woman who fears having her autonomy and free will snatched away and shows how far misogynists and incels would go to take control. fans of Stepford wives severance pay and get out will probably enjoy don’t worry darling as they are quite similar to each other in style and genre and although it may not achieve the same level of social commentary, it’s still a nice watch for fans who like to be teased and thrilled that way.

Unfortunately, real-world events could overshadow the fact that the final product is a stylish thriller that lures you in with the fantasy of a perfect life, a perfect husband, and a perfect wife before its sickening big reveal. It engages in feminist discourse such as gender roles, female pleasure, and autonomy without being too overbearing and presents some pretty ambitious ideas that could have been explored better if the film had better writing and planning. Florence Pugh thrives in this film and is easily the film’s main hook and draw – regardless of how badly publicized the film is or not.

GEEK REVIEW NOTE

Summary

don’t worry darling is a provocative thriller wrapped in a stylish cotton candy daydream. Although better writing is needed to develop the ambitious idea for the film, Wilde proves to be a great director and Florence Pugh is still a bright and shining star.

  • Story – 7/10
  • Direction – 8/10
  • Characterization – 7.5/10
  • Satisfaction of geeks – 7.5/10


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