Don’t Worry Darling is a decent film that could have been more.

In the 1950s, Alice and Jack live in the idealized community of Victory, an experimental company town that houses the men who work on a top-secret project. While the husbands toil away, the wives get to enjoy the beauty, luxury and debauchery of their seemingly perfect paradise. However, when cracks in her idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something sinister lurking below the surface, Alice can’t help but question exactly what she’s doing in Victory.

Don’t Worry Darling was a film I’ve been looking out for since it was announced, the film sounded very promising from Olivia Wilde being in the director’s chair, the cast and the plot itself. The movie sounded very intriguing, while I don’t think Don’t Worry Darling is nowhere near as bad as people are saying it is. In fact I wouldn’t call it a bad movie there’s so much to like about it, for starters let’s get the obvious out of the way Florence Pugh gives a fantastic performance as usual, she continues to show that she’s a powerhouse actress that will make any type of script she is given work, even with the writing flaws with the movie Pugh manages to make those work quite well. Chris Pine and Gemma Chan are fine enough (Pine’s character is a bit cartoony however) the film is truly gorgeous and it compliments the setting and atmosphere during the first two acts quite well, some of the ideas the movie presents are actually pretty well done and evolve over the first two acts. Outside of Harry Styles’s acting and some writing moments the first two acts are actually great and definitely get the viewer invested into the story. The main problem comes in when the third act rolls around, it’s a complete and total mess that has absolutely no idea what it’s trying to say. The writing in particular suffers with trying to shoehorn a lot of horror elements that completely backfire, the whole twist at the end is unintentionally hilarious and completely falls flat in every single way possible. There’s little to no build up and a lack of exploring the ideas presented in third act. I overall had a decent time with Don’t Worry Darling it’s definitely not a terrible movie but it is a very disappointing one as there was so much more potential.

Don’t Worry Darling is currently in theaters.

7/10 B

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