Set during the 1950s' in an isolated utopian community, a housewife begins to experience unusual things and starts asking questions she is not supposed to ask. "Don't Worry Darling" was easily one of my most anticipated films for the remainder of the year, as I thought the trailers were fantastic. It looked like something brand new and unique with thriller and mystery elements. But then some whispers of the behind-the-scenes drama started to surface, making me worried that it would impact what happened on screen. Thankfully, the first two acts were exactly what I was expecting, only for the third to derail the film and ruin what was set up completely.
My absolute favorite part of "Don't Worry Darling" is the mystery surrounding the plot. It constantly keeps the audience guessing why this utopian community is so secretive. Many snippets throughout the film build the mystery up, and I was very excited for the payoff and to have all of the pieces come together. Unfortunately, none of the pieces come together. All of the imagery we see throughout that's supposed to hint at what's behind it all is seemingly completely random and unrelated.
For the most part, the performances in the film are very good. Florence Pugh (Alice) is unsurprisingly fantastic in the film, topping her Oscar-nominated performance in "Little Women." She is very well written, and it's incredibly easy to root for her, as we are right beside her trying to figure out what is going on. Chris Pine (Frank) also gives a great performance in an unfortunately small role. He plays the leader of the community that the characters live in, and Pine steals every scene he is in. I wish I could say the same about Harry Styles, but he gives a painfully bland and one-dimensional performance, and it leaves me very uninterested in all of his future films.
As I have mentioned, the first two acts were entertaining, intriguing and exciting, making the disappointing third act much worse. The film was paced perfectly, but it came to a crashing halt as soon as they revealed the mystery. Not only do I absolutely hate the reveal, but it leaves many more questions than answers to the point where you can't even think about it that hard. It is very frustrating, as almost any other answer would be more satisfying. I will not go into too much detail to avoid spoilers, but I will give the film props for at least trying something new and different.
To say that I am disappointed and frustrated would be an understatement. "Don't Worry Darling" had all the potential in the world and wasted it by tearing down everything it set up on an incredibly lame and pandering reveal. Pugh and Pine give great performances and really make the most of what they are given. I do not want to blame director Olivia Wilde, but with a lot of the behind-the-scenes drama due to her and some questionable choices in the film, I wonder if she will be behind any more films in the near future. It is a shame that the third act leaves a bad taste in the mouth because the first two acts are just fantastic, but it goes to show how important an ending is.