Movie Monday Reviews: Don’t Worry Darling


Emma Sihavong, Editor in Chief

Don’t Worry Darling hit theaters on September 23rd. The psychological thriller was quite lengthy, lasting 2 hours and 3 minutes. However, the runtime was nothing short of worth it. Don’t Worry Darling featured star actors like Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, and many more. Director, Olivia Wilde, created and executed a daring psychological film. Wilde also appeared in the film as the character Bunny, one of the women involved in the Victory Project. Don’t Worry Darling is about Alice, who is a housewife living with her husband in a 1950 model town. The glamorous picture-perfect town ran off on a solo project titled, the Victory Project. This project allowed the men within this “town,” to go to work, while the wives stayed at home. The film follows Alice’s perspective, and her direct use of her point of view helps unfold the underlying horrors within her happy, “perfect” life. 

When the movie was first released, fans and reviewers flooded different media platforms with mixed reviews on this movie. Following reading these reviews, I was unsure of how to feel about this movie. However, after watching, I was thoroughly impressed, although I do have a few comments.

 I felt the marketing for the movie was misleading and not an accurate representation of the film. However, despite the misleading publicity, the movie met and exceeded all my previous expectations.  The film had a variety of suspenseful moments, and multiple aspects of the film, such as the cinematography, as well as the sound/visual effects, helped create this eerie suspense. The suspense progressively grew throughout the film, and it truly felt my senses heightened as it continued. The plot felt reasonably spaced out, considering its runtime. My favorite aspects of the film were the cinematography, as well as the soundtrack. With the cinematography, there were just some specific scenes that truly could not have been executed any other way. The cinematography was crazily insane, and some of the shots impressed me highly. I usually am not one to comment on cinematography in movies, but this one knocked it out of the park. I felt like the use of cinematography helped portray the idea of this movie’s perspective being through the eyes of a women’s “happiness.” Moving on to the soundtrack, which was stellar beyond comprehension. Each song displayed in this movie played a crucial role in the scene it corresponded to, and I think it helped induce the suspense. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and despite its quirks, it was an extremely well-made movie. If you are looking for a psychological horror movie to watch, I highly recommend Don’t Worry Darling! Although, if you are against horror, I would recommend avoiding this movie, as it has some sensitive/inappropriate content, as well as some horrific scenes.