Movie review: “Don’t Worry Darling”

Cover picture for ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

Imagine this: You´re living your regular life, with a loved one, in a nice house, surrounded by close friends. You go to gatherings, clean, cook your partner’s dinner, and start the cycle all over again. 

This type of lifestyle is now widely considered outdated, but during the time period of the 1950s, you see nothing wrong with the way you´re living, and you feel happy. 

However, things start to take a dark turn when a member of your friend group has been outcast from your neighborhood and labeled as psychotic. Even you believe that is the truth. The last time you saw this friend at a party they were asking everyone the same question— “Why are we here?”

You dismiss their outburst under the belief that their mental health has failed them. That is until you start seeing that something is off yourself. You start to believe that your friend might not have been as crazy as everyone painted them to be. 

If this scenario sounds interesting to you, then you would definitely enjoy the movie “Don’t Worry Darling.” This movie takes place in the 1950s and centers around the main character, Alice, and her perspective on living in this seemingly “perfect” community. 

The women get to experience the luxury of their lives, while the men go to work and partake in very secretive business deals. The women are forbidden to visit their husbands’ workplaces and are expected to complete their regular activities on a daily basis.  

One day while riding the bus, Alice hallucinates and thinks she sees a red plane crashing from a distance and goes to investigate, worried that the passengers are in danger. She follows the direction of the plane until finally, she meets the forbidden headquarters. She knows it is against the rules, but can’t help but approach the glass in front of her. 

The next time she opens her eyes, she is in bed at home. Had she imagined the whole thing? 

This is the moment in the movie where Alice really starts to question what is going on and feels very uncertain about her life. 

If you need more reassurance on why this movie is worth the watch, consider insight from a recent viewer, Dory Vaughan. Vaughan had very insightful things to say about how this movie was executed:“I would recommend it because I think the plot twist allows for a really good viewing experience. While it may be confusing at first, it will all come together, and be worth watching in the end.” 

Vaughan summed it up perfectly. This movie is filled with a rollercoaster of emotions leaving you at the edge of your seat constantly. “Don’t Worry Darling”  gives the illusion that you are making these new discoveries with the main character. When Alice comes to realizations, so does the audience.

Vaughan wasn’t the only viewer to give positive feedback regarding this film. Interviewee Aster Johnson, a student at Brooklyn Prospect Charter school, also recently watched this film. Johnson says would recommend this movie due to its incredible ability to, “connect reality with fantasy simultaneously.” Johnson adds that the movie also “depicts the realities of relationships and how you may not know someone as well as you initially thought.” 

Johnson brings up a fascinating point. Jack and Alice seem like the perfect couple to both the characters around them and the audience. That changes when Alice starts to uncover the truth about her husband and his secretive business. 

The main attraction throughout this movie is how the characters’ lifestyle seems perfect until viewers slowly get to unwrap the secrets of this community. This fulfills the old saying, “nothing is as perfect as it seems.”

Due to the ambiguous themes of this movie, it isn’t really made for one age group. Anyone old enough to understand the basic plot of the movie could find enjoyment in watching it. The interesting roles of men and women in society past and present, however, may appeal to an older audience.

Johnson notes that “Don’t Worry Darling” seems like it would be most appealing to Millennials. However, I think older adults could definitely enjoy watching this movie also, due to the thrill of the major plot twists, as well as a familiarity with the changing roles of men and women.

Essentially, if you find interest in movies that fall under the mystery and thriller genres, you could potentially appreciate this cinematic piece. 

If this plot seems intriguing to you, “Don’t Worry Darling” is available with subscriptions like HBO Max and Hulu, and it is available for rent on Amazon Prime. You won’t want to miss these fantastic plot twists!