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Don't Worry Darling - Review

There is Beauty in Control. 4 / 5

Released in UK Cinemas: 23rd September 2022.

Directed by Olivia Wilde.

A 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets.

While living her perfect life with her perfect husband, perfect outfits and perfect home, Florence Pugh learns that perfection comes at a price in the unnerving Don't Worry Darling.

Olivia Wilde's directorial follow up to one of my personal favourites Booksmart goes in a completely different direction in this claustrophobic thriller. And though it throws a lot at the audience while keeping key details back, it's not as subtle in its mystery as it thinks.

Florence Pugh sits at the centre of this film's drama, in more ways than one, and gives an astoundingly honest performance as she slowly begins to lose her grip on reality.

With beautiful production design and stunning cinematography, visually this has everything going for it but the plot is so ambitious that it struggles to confidently pull off what it was looking to achieve.

Don't Worry Darling dives into the fear of the unknown taking audiences on a psychological journey with sharp editing and passionate performances which help ground an otherwise excessive film.

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