DON’T WORRY DARLING is not at all what I expected. And I don’t mean that in a good way. It was a waste of talent and time (My time to be specific.) What a shame because it had a great ensemble and potential for an intriguing story. 

Olivia Wilde was the director and one of the producers. It boasted a talented cast that included Harry Styles, Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, and Olivia Wilde. The problem was the story. It reminded me of THE STEPFORD WIVES, but that movie took us somewhere. DON’T WORRY DARLING did not know which way to go after a great first act. Where were they taking us as Alice kept finding herself at the source of “Victory”? It just petered out into a very confusing “who cares” conclusion. “Being safe” was the cornerstone of Victory, but perhaps the writers took that to heart way too much. 

I was very impressed with the emotional outpourings from both Florence and Harry. They really made my heart feel torn in half as this sweet couple tried to maneuver through the powers of a huge conglomerate that controlled every aspect of their lives. This dynamic duo had me in the palm of their hands – until they didn’t. Story and content are everything to me. The people in charge need to have a clear idea of where the viewers are being led. I did enjoy the comparison to Busby Berkeley’s stylistic choreography. But even that got old without clear-cut direction. 

DONT WORRY DARLING should have and could have done so much better. But it didn’t. I would like my two hours of time back, please. It is available to stream on HBO Max. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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