DON’T WORRY DARLING (2022) Reviews of psychological mystery thriller with Florence Pugh

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‘Are you ready to live the life you deserve?’
Don’t Worry Darling is a 2022 American psychological thriller film about a housewife and her husband who live in a 1950s utopian community. Gradually, she begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets.

Directed and co-produced by Olivia Wilde (Booksmart) from a screenplay by Katie Silberman (Booksmart; Isn’t It Romantic; Set It Up), based on a story by Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke and Silberman. Also produced by Roy Lee, Katie Silberman and Miri Yoon.

Executive produced by Richard Brener, Daria Cercek, Catherine Hardwicke, Celia Khong, Alex G. Scott, Carey Van Dyke and Shane Van Dyke.

The New Line Cinema-New Line Productions-Vertigo Entertainment-Warner Bros production stars Florence Pugh, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, Kate Berlant, Nick Kroll, Timothy Simons, Sydney Chandler, Douglas Smith, Dita Von Teese and KiKi Layne.


Plot synopsis:
Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack Chambers (Harry Styles) are a young, happy couple in the 1950s, living in the seemingly perfect company town of Victory, California, which has been created and paid for by the mysterious company Jack is working for.

Curiosity about the nature of her husband’s work on the secret “Victory Project” begins to consume Alice while cracks begin to form in their utopian life as her investigation of the project raises tensions within the community…


” …the over-reliance on dream sequences is lazy and poorly explained, with the feeling being that there were plenty of ideas but no real strategy on how to stitch them together. Considering the depth of detail in the visual world-building, we’re given frustratingly little information on what, well, the Victory project is about or wants to achieve.” BBC

“You’ll likely guess Victory’s dark secrets by the trailer alone; it’s that on the nose. While that predictability results in a mostly unsatisfying finale compounded by basic and too literal themes, Wilde at least succeeds in making the journey a sensory feast. Inventive designs and style bolster Pugh’s infectious charms…” Bloody Disgusting

” …Wilde tries to string together a movie that lives up to the “break free of the perfection” concept. But the audience is so far ahead of the characters in the movie, after 20 minutes we’re wondering when they’re going to figure out what’s going and when they do, it’s so lackluster and unsurprising it nearly ruins the rest of the film. Thankfully not entirely.” First Showing

” …things keep barrelling along thanks to both Pugh and the plot’s punchy critique of certain recent trends in the internet’s more testosterone-raddled dark corners. With a smudgy red-lipsticked grin, Don’t Worry Darling drags them out into the blazing desert light.” The Telegraph

Don’t Worry Darling premiered at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 5, 2022, and is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on September 23, 2022, by Warner Bros Pictures.


Don’t Worry Darling was announced in August 2019, after a bidding war amongst eighteen studios to acquire the next Olivia Wilde-directed project; New Line Cinema later won the auction. The original spec script was written by the brothers Carey and Shane Van Dyke; the screenplay appeared on the 2019 Black List. Katie Silberman was brought on to do a rewrite which became the film’s screenplay.

It was reported that Shia LaBeouf had been fired by Olivia Wilde over his bad behaviour and frequent clashes with the cast and crew. However, he refuted this and claims he left the production of his own accord.

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