Review: Don’t Worry Darling

By Alysha Pluta, Student Life Editor

Don’t Worry Darling, an American psychological thriller directed by Olivia Wilde follows a 1950s housewife society of men controlling everything whether it is realized or not.

The movie was released in late September and received a lot of hype due to the big names starring in it such as Harry Styles, Florence Pugh, and Chris Pine, as well as director Olivia Wilde.

The story follows Jack and Alice a couple living in Victory, a community where the residents get to live in the ideals of life.

Alice, along with the other housewives, get to live their perfect, luxurious lives, while their husbands leave every day to continue their top-secret work. No one saw anything wrong with this until Alice’s neighbor Margaret began to doubt Victory.

Margaret’s doubts were quickly hushed, but not before Alice began to doubt the mission and reality of the so-called “perfect” community.

Some felt the same as psychology major Damien Younkin. He said, “All in all, I really enjoyed the movie. It was a good psychological horror film, it kept you on the edge while giving you a false sense of security, making the creepy parts of the movie even creepier as it progressed.”

While others felt more similar to senior Anthony Provident who said, “The acting was good, the actors were able to portray what was happening well, but there were a lot of issues with the plot. It pulled a lot from tropes of other movies but didn’t seem to follow through with any of them.”

Most of the issues with the movie seem to come from the quick ending. Everything seems to be wrapped up too fast, leaving the audience with too many questions, especially in a society as

intricate as Victory. They spend so much time building the world, to let it crumble in the end, which, considering the ending is almost fitting, but definitely not satisfying.

Despite any and all plot issues, very few people seem to disagree that the acting throughout the movie is incredible, especially that of Florence Pugh playing Alice.

Whether it’s a mirror closing in on Alice, finding herself wrapping cling wrap around her face, or confronting the issues in the so-called perfect society, Pugh pushed through and became the true star throughout the movie and as some said, saved the entire movie.

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