Tuesday, December 6, 2022
More

    Latest Posts

    Olivia Wilde’s Film Is Visually Appealing, But Lacks Depth



    Rating:


    2.5
    /5


    Star
    Cast:

    Chris
    Pine,
    Harry
    Styles,
    Florence
    Pugh,
    Olivia
    Wilde,
    Gemma
    Chan,
    KiKi
    Layne,
    Nick
    Kroll,
    Kate
    Berlant,
    Timothy
    Simons,
    Sydney
    Chandler,
    Douglas
    Smith,
    Asif
    Ali,
    Ari’el
    Stachel


    Director:

    Olivia
    Wilde

    Olivia
    Wilde’s
    second
    directorial
    effort

    Don’t
    Worry
    Darling

    is
    being
    billed
    as
    a
    psychological
    thriller,
    but
    what
    we
    get
    is
    a
    good
    looking
    set
    of
    camera
    friendly
    faces,
    an
    out-of-this-world
    setting
    and
    a
    landscape
    that
    looks
    picture
    perfect.
    Overall,
    it
    is
    rather
    thin
    on
    depth.

    While
    the
    Young
    Adult
    audience
    crazy
    over
    One
    Direction
    and
    everything
    else
    to
    do
    with
    the
    band,
    might
    get
    a
    little
    carried
    away
    by
    the
    likes
    of
    Harry
    Styles
    in
    the
    cast,
    the
    experience
    of
    the
    drama
    thereof
    is
    less
    than
    thrilling.

    Dont Worry Darling

    The
    script
    by
    Katie
    Silberman,
    Carey
    Van
    Dyke
    and
    Shane
    Van
    Dyke
    fails
    to
    make
    the
    rather
    sterile
    setup,
    worthy.
    It’s,
    in
    fact,
    an
    arid
    commentary
    on
    patriarchy
    disguised
    as
    domestic
    enchantment.

    About
    a
    mysterious
    Victory
    project
    community
    living
    away
    from
    the
    madding
    crowd
    in
    a
    planned
    unique
    Palm
    Springs
    community
    in
    the
    mid-1950s,
    this
    film
    features
    Styles
    as
    an
    eager
    and
    visibly
    loving
    young
    company
    man
    Jack
    Chambers
    whose
    wife
    Alice
    (Florence
    Pugh)
    suddenly
    begins
    to
    see
    visions
    of
    a
    past
    life
    which
    she
    was
    forcibly
    engineered
    to
    forget.

    Chris
    Pine
    is
    the
    controlling
    company
    Boss
    Frank,
    who
    shows
    his
    true
    self
    when
    his
    employees’
    wives
    start
    to
    show
    some
    dissidence
    to
    the
    order
    he
    dictates.
    Gemma
    Chan
    plays
    his
    glamorous
    wife,
    Shelley,
    while
    Wilde
    herself
    plays
    Alice’s
    next-door
    neighbour
    and
    best
    friend,
    Bunny.

    While
    this
    filmed
    experience
    may
    not
    be
    thrilling,
    there’s
    enough
    fodder
    here
    to
    keep
    you
    visually
    entertained.
    Wilde’s
    helming
    takes
    us
    through
    a
    facile
    experience
    with
    a
    concentration
    on
    craft
    rather
    than
    character
    or
    complexity
    of
    the
    plot.

    The
    script
    and
    treatment
    try
    hard
    to
    channel

    The
    Stepford
    Wives
    ,

    Mad
    Men
    ,

    Matrix
    ,

    Inception
    ,
    and
    other
    more
    appealing,
    better-rated
    movies.

    Most
    of
    the
    performances
    in

    Don’t
    Worry
    Darling

    are
    rather
    showy

    save
    for
    Pugh
    who
    makes
    Alice
    compelling
    and
    Pine
    who
    takes
    villainy
    to
    a
    suave
    new
    level.

    Matthew
    Libatique’ s
    picture-perfect
    cinematography,
    Katie
    Byron’s
    unblemished
    production
    design
    and
    Arianne
    Phillips’
    exquisite
    costuming
    make
    this
    experience
    far
    more
    visual
    than
    psychological.

    It’s
    a
    plot-driven
    exposé
    of
    a
    creepy
    retro
    cult
    community,
    but
    despite
    the
    dynamics,
    the
    experience
    feels
    rather
    flat
    and
    uninvolving
    as
    a
    film.

    Latest Posts

    Don't Miss