‘Don’t Worry Darling’

An overhyped thriller that underwhelms

Jenna Taylor, Staff Writer

The highly anticipated film, “Don’t Worry Darling,” was released on Sept. 23 after a crazy press tour involving turmoil between the film’s stars. Despite the drama, “Don’t Worry Darling” had a stellar opening night making approximately $19.3 million on the opening weekend launch of the film, which is about 58.9% of the current total gross from the movie. 

“Don’t Worry Darling” has many big-name actors including Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll and, of course, Harry Styles. Styles’ performance in the movie was eagerly anticipated by fans as he does not have a long resume of acting experience.

The protagonist, played by Pugh, is a traditional housewife in the 1960s. She would wake up, cook, clean, gossip with other wives in the neighborhood and wait for her husband to get home from his long shifts at his white-collar job. 

The movie begins at a work event party in which one housewife, played by KiKi Layne, has an outburst while her husband’s boss, Frank — the enigmatic leader of the Victory Project, played by Pine — is giving a speech about how proud he was of the hard work that was being exerted for his company. After her outburst, Layne’s character is whisked away by her husband, as Pugh’s character becomes curious and searches for the upset housewife. 

When she finds Layne’s character, Pugh discovers that Layne’s husband is attempting to force her to take some prescription pills, despite Layne’s refusal. This was the first sign to Pugh’s character that there was something deeper and scarier going on than just a mental health crisis. However, when she brings it up to her husband or any of her fellow housewives, they all deny that there is something bigger going on and try to brush it off. 

Pugh’s character becomes more and more determined that there is something darker happening in this town and begins to have these dreams where she is being trapped in this world that she is increasingly becoming weary of. 

To summarize the events that follow without any spoilers, this movie overall felt like an overly long, high-production “Black Mirror” episode. The plot twist felt very underwhelming, especially with the production quality and the sheer fame each cast member possesses.

If it were not for the casting of Pugh and Styles, no one would be hearing or caring about this movie in the way that people have. Rotten Tomatoes gave “Don’t Worry Darling” a score of 38% out of 100%, however, I would give it a 70% out of 100%, especially if you are a Styles fan like me.