Don’t Worry Darling: Is It Worth the Hype?


Sofia Schnoke

Author Sofia Schnoke poses with the playbills from her early viewing of Don’t Worry Darling, alongside juniors Ceci Garcia and Rachel Simmons.

Sofia Schnoke, Reporter

The psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling made its public debut in theaters on Friday, September 23. However, you won’t have to worry, darling, because I secured an early showing ticket, and I can give you a heads-up about what you’re about to see.

Written by Katie Silberman, director Olivia Wilde’s sophomore film is set in a 1950s company town called Victory. We don’t know much about this ‘mystery town’ as we’re introduced to our core characters. Florence Pugh — known for her roles in Marvel films and Little Women — stars as Alice Chambers, housewife to Jack Chambers (Harry Styles). The couple live in Victory for Jack’s job with the secretive “Victory Project.” Other characters include the mayor of Victory (Chris Pine), his wife Shelley (Gemma Chan), and minor parts by Olivia Wilde, Nick Kroll, and Kiki Layne.

The plot follows Alice as her curiosity — and eventual obsession — with Jack’s job turns her life upside down. Slowly, she uncovers Victory’s many secrets behind its perfect façade: neither the working husbands who leave every morning for jobs they can’t discuss nor their housewives with a repetitive day plan are what they appear to be on the surface.

However, more people know Don’t Worry Darling for its reported behind-the-scenes drama. Rumors have circulated since filming began of rifts between director Olivia Wilde and star Florence Pugh and actors Harry Styles and Chris Pine, as well as of Wilde’s relationship with Styles.

Even after hearing all the drama that surrounded the cast, I had high hopes going into the theater. I was a bit worried by critics’ low ratings, but the cast has amazing onscreen chemistry that destroys all the reported negativity and drama during and after filming. From the second the movie starts, the ‘picture-perfect town’ has an eerie, chilling feel to it. This ‘American dream’ setting has a twisted background and a freakish amount of control, so it’s almost perceived as a cult.

Overall, I would say this is worth the watch. The performances from the actors and the creative screenplay pull you into the storyline in an addicting way, leaving you questioning every aspect of life and wanting more. It’s rated R, so take a parent if you’re under 17, but in all be sure to go watch Don’t Worry Darling in theaters this opening weekend!