OLD TROPES: Florence Pugh, in a scene from ‘Don’t Worry, Darling’, portrays her character brilliantly Picture: SUPPLIEDGenre: Psychological, thriller, drama
During the weeks leading up to its release date, Don’t Worry Darling received a lot of media attention.
The thriller trended on social media before it was even clear what it was about.
The star-studded cast includes singer Harry Styles, former One Direction boy band member, Florence Pugh, Gemma Chan, Chris Pine, and Olivia Wilde, who also directed and produced the film.
The film follows Alice played by Pugh and Jack played by Styles, who live in the seemingly perfect community of Victory which houses men who work on a top-secret project.
While the men are busy with their work, the women live the life of perfect housewives who take care of the home and their husband’s needs.
They shop, clean, cook, and pamper themselves as they wait for their husbands to return home from work every day and are encouraged to ask no questions.
After a series of hallucinations, bad dreams, and strange happenings that seem out of the ordinary, Alice begins to question her surroundings and the men’s intentions, including her husband.
Pugh, whose portrayal of Alice is similar to the role she played in the folk horror film Midsommar (2019), gives a stunning performance as a questioning wife as she embarks on a solo mission to find out what’s really going on.
Styles plays the role of a handsome, well-dressed gentleman who loves and supports his wife until she starts questioning him.
His reactions to her theories reveal something is amiss.
However, the suspense is dragged out somewhat, and by the third time that Alice almost finds out the truth, one does yearn for the film to conclude.
Beyond it is a visually stunning production, along with attractive characters living lavishly, Don’t Worry Darling does not capture the audience as much as the trailer and hype did before its release.