January 15, 2023
Forget all the fuss and nonsense you heard about the production of this film, just watch it for what it is: a very pleasant mystery with strong thriller elements and a mild sci-fi injection. It's not the most original concept, but Olivia Wilde's direction deserves credit and makes a positive difference.
Alice and Jack are a happy couple who live in a fancy suburb. Jack works on Project Victory, a secret programme, Alice tends to the house and provides for Jack. The longer she lives there, the stronger the feeling that something is off. The neighborhood and Jack's job are just a little too perfect.
The performances are solid, the cinematography is lush and the soundtrack deserves a special mention, kudos for doing something special with it. The plot feels familiar and the twist isn't all that original, but I care more about the atmosphere and that's where Don't Worry Darling shines. A big step up from Booksmart, Wilde should push further in this direction.