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Review: Don't Worry Darling


Glossy, jarring and incoherently delicious as it unfolds, Don't Worry Darling is a Frankenstein's mish mash of cinematic indulgence exuding Hitchcock influence.

Don't Worry Darling takes inspiration from films such as Devil's Advocate, The Great Gatsby, Edward Scissorhands, The Matrix, Inception, Incision, and the exceptional evocative series Black Mirror.

Florence Pugh portrays the ailing Alice with expertise as spliced imagery of demented ballet dancers and random inexplicable scenes create a fleeting sense of confusion and an urge to discover the truth. Harry Styles maintains the sense of normality, until the suspicion his on-screen wife is determined to push to the top of the agenda implodes and she's taken away to be 'treated' as Jack laments. Chris Pine is charisma personified with his superiority complex and narcissism contained by Shelley, played by Gemma Chan. Olivia Wilde's Bunny redeems her choice to embed herself and her children into the Victory project by assisting Alice in the final throws of her realisation that her life is something she'll have to fight for. Survival is escaping not only the subliminal one she's entangled in, but also the real life Alice is born into as the film concludes.

I enjoyed watching Don't Worry Darling. The script is well executed as it weaves between psychological thriller and horror defined claustrophobia.


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