‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Opinion Review

Jayde Teutsch, News Writer

On September 23, I visited the Majestic Theatre on Main Street to see Olivia Wilde’s new film “Don’t Worry Darling” on its release day.  

IMDB describes the film as a story about a 1950s housewife living with her husband, played by Harry Styles, in a utopian experimental community. Her world begins to distort when she begins to worry that the company her husband works for could be hiding disturbing secrets. It features Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine and many other critically acclaimed actors.  

I marked the release date of “Don’t Worry Darling” on my calendar as soon as it was announced. The trailers were incredibly enticing. After watching Styles star in “Dunkirk” in 2017, I was interested to see how his acting skills have changed since then. Seeing this film on the big screen did not leave me feeling disappointed. 

Pugh plays Alice Chambers, the wife of Jack Chambers (Harry Styles). She starts asking questions about the town they live in, Victory, California, and how they ended up there. Pugh’s character begins experiencing what appear to be psychotic episodes, so she begins secretly digging up information to uncover the truth. This movie proved Pugh can play a variety of roles ranging from a skilled fighter in “Black Widow” to a 19th century woman in “Little Women”. Her emotions added to the eerie feelings that build until the end reveal.  

Styles had a lot of pressure resting on his back. This movie has been followed by a craze led by members of Gen Z who grew up loving  One Direction. His fanbase promoted this movie since the day it was announced. Many people who usually would not care for a psychological thriller watched this movie simply to see Styles’ role. 

Besides the promotion released to create buzz for this movie, a slew of drama followed the actors. Rumors have gone around accusing Olivia Wilde of firing Shia LeBouef unjustly and Pugh of despising her colleagues. Little has been confirmed by those involved, but fans continue speculating and have boosted people’s desire to see a movie featuring ‘dramatic’ personas.  

Pine appeared in the movie as Frank, the front man leading the Victory Project. A synopsis written by Screen Rant describes this secret project as “the mysterious goal that all the men in the desert town work to help create.” Pine’s character omitted an ominous energy that builds with each speech he presents expressing the need to leave traditional societal habits behind. It was interesting seeing Pine play a scarier role. His intimidating demeanor was portrayed well and his use of eye contract throughout the film added an edge.  

I may have gotten the ick seeing Jack Chambers dancing in his weirdly high waisted pants, but I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I went to see it a second time so I could watch for all the small details that I had missed the first time around and enjoyed watching my friends react to the ending.  

The Majestic is showing a movie titled “Nope” starting Thursday, Oct. 6.