Mysterious ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ thrills


Malorie West

The box office recently welcomed a new sci-fi thriller film. Created by up-and-coming director Olivia Wilde, “Don’t Worry Darling” captured the audience’s attention throughout the entire film. Everything felt perfectly placed—from the cast all the way down to the cinematography.

“Don’t Worry Darling” is set in a 1950s neighborhood and is focused on Jack and Alice, a married couple living in a small subdivision surrounded by nothing but desert. 

This idealized community is centered around an experimental company named The Victory Project. The men work for this company while the women stay home, cook, clean and enjoy the luxury of their world. 

But cracks begin to appear in Alice’s perfect life, and she realizes everything is not as it seems. 

Once Alice starts pushing back and questioning The Victory Project, she is told she is crazy, delusional and experiencing psychosis. Her own husband, Jack, does not believe her. 

The plot twists were beautifully executed and left me on the edge of my seat.

I was questioning the little community right along with Alice. The Victory Project and the little community stayed mysterious until right at the end. I was unable to guess what would happen next. 

Contrasting movie critiques such as the Wall Street Journal that called the movie “over-hyped and “under-baked,” I really enjoyed the mystery and thrills this movie brought. 

The atmosphere in the theatre was amazing. People were screaming for the lead characters and audibly gasping throughout the movie. 

The performances given by leading roles Florence Pugh and Harry Styles were captivating and well executed. The passion all actors brought to their performances made the movie great. 

The cinematography of the movie is unique, with quick clips of unusual imagery such as women creepily dancing and blood spatter on a white background. These shots create a feeling of fear without showing anything scary directly. 

Overall, the movie was amazing and left me wanting more. “Don’t Worry Darling” is everything you want a mystery movie to be. I usually am not much of a sci-fi movie fan, but this is one of the rare occasions I loved it. 

From the strange essence The Victory Project and the ‘50s town create to the twists and turns the characters face, everything about the film was unique and thought out.