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"Don't Worry Darling" Movie Review

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


Do you trust your neighbors? Your leaders? Your friends? Are things that seem odd simply dismissed...or do you start wondering if something else is going on entirely?

What starts as a seemingly simple tale of young couple Alice and Jack who moved to a quiet, suburban neighborhood to start a new life for themselves soon develops into a mystery, puzzling the audience moment by moment until the truth is finally revealed.

Florence Pugh and Harry Styles had incredible chemistry together. Thank God Shia LaBeouf didn't get the role of Jack because that would have been a disaster. Harry was perfection and the way he and Florence were able to play on one another's strengths and support each other during their weak spots balanced everything and made you feel like they were an actual married couple.

Chris Pine was incredible in his role as Frank, the community leader and head of the mysterious Victory Project. There were times when what he said seemed so innocent and you could almost see yourself being lulled into submittance but his piercing eyes would give you chills, like you just knew something was wrong. Those were the times when I really appreciated Chris Pine's skills as an actor, to be able to say one thing and his eyes say something completely different.

Olivia Wilde's directing style is absolutely mesmerizing and praiseworthy. In fact, I would be surprised if she didn't at least receive a nomination for Best Director. In fact, I'd go so far as to say Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, and Chris Pine all deserve Oscar nominations along with the film as a whole.

The soundtrack was a unique experience on its own. Using various forms of breathing to simulate alarm or breathlessness and pairing that with an orchestral excitation...there's absolutely nothing like it. The only thing I can possibly liken it to is the Atonement music in which a typewriter was integrated into the score.

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In conclusion, Don't Worry Darling is a masterpiece and a true Hitchcockian style thriller. I give the film a 4 out of 4.

© 2022 Nathan Jasper

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