“A 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets.”
Director: Olivia Wilde
Writer: Katie Silberman, Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke
Staring: Olivia Wilde, Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll
Release Date: September 23, 2022
The trailer starts off with setting a scene that is too good to be true. Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles) are surrounded by friends and crazy into one another. They are partying it up with friends, doing donuts in the moonlight and cuddling naked in each other’s arms.
Then we get to a voiceover of Frank (Chris Pine), explaining the concept of a 1950s marriage. There is a super gross and loud close up of a steak, which really out me off personally. But overall, Frank is just explaining how the wives are essential to their husbands success.
Then there is the Victory Project, which appears to be helmed by Frank and his partner Shelley (Gemma Chan). They say that they are changing the world, but how they are doing so, will soon come under some scrutiny.
We learn that things are not as they appear when Alice (who is going to be crawling out of the rabbit’s hole and into the real world…nice job naming the character there) cracks an egg and nothing comes out. Is this symbolic in a way where mom’s give birth and have eggs but here there is nothing inside the egg so to the men they have no identity besides doing their bidding?
Alice is beginning to ask questions and Frank is starting to both push back. It looks like he is going to enjoy playing a game with Alice…but one where he knows all the pieces on the board and she is playing blind. There are some steamy sexy scenes between Alice and Jack, followed by Alice going down a rabbit hole of circular and ocular imagery.
Alice asks the question of “What if this place is dangerous?”, and after a rebuff from Jack, there is an over the head shot of her rising out of a bathtub. Is this her having a rebirth and a new way of thinking? Is this moment of cleansing the moment she begins asking the questions that scare Jack but entice Frank?
Alice appears to see some really dark shit while trying to work through what she believes is happening. She apparently sees a suicide of one of her friends. She is getting chased in the desert and stalked. The walls are closing in around Alice, as is literally shone at the 2:20 mark of the trailer above. She is getting garbage compacted. Excuse the Star Wars reference. There is also a point in this trailer where she is ripping saran wrap off her face. She is being suffocated, both in her thoughts and in her expressions.
Olivia Wilde is back in the drivers seat directing Don’t Worry Darling. In 2019 she directed Booksmart, which was one of the best reviewed movies of that year. This is just her second major motion picture, but she is on the books for an untitled Sony/Marvel movie in the future. All we know about that is that is will be a female-centric Marvel movie. Just don’t be as in our face about it as the horrible moment in Avengers: Endgame (2019).
The one thing you don’t have to worry about Don’t Worry Darling is its star power. (Round of applause, thank you). Florence Pugh is the lead of another very vibrant movie with a sinister undertone, just like Ari Aster’s Midsommar (2019). Olivia Wilde brings name recognition and she will be acting while directing for the first time. Chris Pine gets to be sinister and handsome. Harry Styles brings in an entire new audience that typically would never go and see a movie like Don’t Worry Darling. Gemma Chan is spreading her wings from the Marvel universe after she led The Eternals (2021) and if Nick Kroll is in the movie then you know some zany voices and laughs are mixed in somehow.
I guess that there was some drama surrounding this movie. According to various reports, Shia LaBeouf was originally cast in the role that Harry Styles plays, but he was fired for misbehaving and just being a general jerk. I think the change serves Wilde and company well on two fronts; it generates a lot more buzz around the movie, and Styles fits that 1950s California vibe very well.
Don’t Worry Darling comes out in theaters on September 23, 2022.
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