A Review of Don’t Worry Darling: Too Good to Be Good


Ben Arnoldussen

Olivia Wilde’s latest film, which she co-stars, as well as directs, was set for big anticipation, and after releasing in theatres on September 23rd, the 2022 film was both amazing and a plane crash to say the least. 

Wilde has had numerous films before, that she has directed, produced, or played in, but this one was different. Don’t Worry Darling had a lot of anticipation due to its use of major A-list name actors as well as controversy due to the sparking relationship between Wilde and the star of Don’t Worry Darling; Harry Styles. The film includes a cast of Chris Pine (playing the main antagonist, Frank) alongside his wife, Shelley (Gemma Chan), and other neighborhood friends which includes Nick Kroll, Olivia Wilde herself, Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Sydney Chandler, and Kiki Layne. All of these characters come together to collectively create “Victory” a utopian small-knit community where the women stay at home to take care of the kids, house, and make food, while the husbands go to work at “Victory headquarters.” While the movie has a captivating storyline and amazing visuals, backed up by a great soundtrack (classic 50’s music like Twilight Time and Tears On My Pillow) it leaves us with more questions than answers; giving the audience insight into what is really happening behind the scenes, but not enough where we still are unsatisfied with the outcome. Other movies like Parasite, Knives Out, and Black Swan give us mystery and thrill throughout the movie, and leave a good sized hole in the wall at the end, but with enough answers for us to not be starving. Don’t Worry Darling had an amazing idea and plot, but with too much wondering, it leaves the audience lost with the real meaning behind the film, and what Wilde wanted us to take away from it.