Don’t Worry Darling movie review

Is Harry Styles stylish? Is Olivia Wilde wild? Does Florence Pugh pew?

What’s it about?

Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles) are a young couple living in an idyllic community in 1950s California, built to house the employees of the top-secret Victory project. While the men leave for work every day, the women of the town cook, clean, and relax, but a strange occurrences lead Alice to start questioning the nature of the town and it’s residents.

What did we think?

Peter Linning says: After all the fuss surrounding the production of the movie, I was really hoping it would be good, or at least bad, but Don’t Worry Darling is something far worse – powerfully average. The ’50s setting makes for a genuinely great-looking movie, and Florence Pugh’s performance is great (for the record, Harry Styles is fine – he’s just got the bad luck to be acting against Florence), but the story is where it all falls apart. From the very beginning, we’re set up to wonder what the Big Reveal will be, but you could likely guess it without actually seeing the movie. That’s not to say the movie is predictable (there’s not nearly enough foreshadowing for that), it’s just that when the Big Reveal finally comes, it’s not so much shocking as it is “oh, so it’s that”. It’s not great, it’s not terrible, it’s just not as clever as it makes out to be.

Stylish but lacking any real punch.
A raconteur by nature and motormouth by trade, the only thing Pete loves more than watching movies is a good debate about movies. He'll argue with anyone about anything, and enjoy it more than is socially acceptable.
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