“Don’t Worry Darling”: worth the drama?


by Abby Ludwig, Social Media Editor

Whether it was because of Harry Styles kissing Nick Kroll, the Florence Pugh/Shia Labeouf/Olivia Wilde feud or #Spitgate with Styles and Chris Pine, you surely have heard of the new film “Don’t Worry Darling”. I’m here to tell you whether all the fuss surrounding the movie is worth looking past and if it made it worth seeing.

First thing first, Florence Pugh (per usual) absolutely kills it in this movie. Her acting skills were beyond compare, and I can’t imagine anyone else in the role. Pugh was in almost every scene and absolutely captivates the camera, and therefore the audience, with her dedication. As for the man who can be called Pugh’s counterpart in the film, Harry Styles, it’s a slightly different conversation.

“Don’t Worry Darling” marked Styles’s first major acting role, so some grace needs to be given to him. It’s almost unfair to compare him to Pugh, as she is on a completely different level and quite frankly carries the whole movie on her back. With that taken into account, he really did okay. Just okay, nothing more nothing less. 

The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw was quoted writing, “Styles may or not be a talented actor; it’s not easy to tell from this.” I completely agree. While there are some parts that have a deafening silence in between dialogue (to the point where it’s almost laughable) and some extremely loose, excessively long clips of tap dancing — Styles shows that acting will not be something he will be stopping any time soon. 

Hopefully, Styles will bring more to the table with his other new film, “My Policeman” being released in theaters on Oct. 21 and on Amazon Prime on Nov. 4. As a full and final warning, you will, in fact, get the ick from one Mr. Styles.

For the film being a psychological thriller of sorts, it’s bound to leave you asking some questions that have you on the edge of your seat. But that’s not quite what happens with this story. 

“Don’t Worry Darling,” directed by Olivia Wilde, leaves you with some questions you really shouldn’t have. The plot was teetering on the line of being artistically chaotic on purpose and being just plain disorganized. 

Between introducing some concepts that never get fully fleshed out and having a rushed ending that goes in too many directions at once, there’s a reason why critics haven’t been the most kind to this movie. For example, Rotten Tomatoes gave an overall rating of 38 percent. The Guardian’s Adrian Horton pointed out the “empty feminism” the film contained and hits the nail on the head with that phrase. 

It’s not that the concepts Wilde was trying to get at were bad themselves, it just felt more like Wilde and the production as a whole bit off more than they could chew.

With all of this being said, “Don’t Worry Darling” is a fun watch. I would absolutely see it again and recommend it to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers, sci-fi mysteries or visually intriguing films.