“Reality is an acquired taste” – a line from the movie
That’s a very simple but profound statement. When you think about it, most things in life including movies, are an acquired taste.
When I first heard about the movie “Don’t Worry Darling,” I couldn’t wait to see it. My connection to Palm Springs and knowing the movie was filmed in the surrounding area was what interested me most. I knew it would be a stylish film and didn’t expect very much other than nice scenery and interesting sets.
The film focuses on a young couple in the 1950s living a seemingly perfect life in the cloudless company town of Victory, California where some very shady business is taking place. A distorted view of reality best described as Stepford Wives meets The Matrix.
Florence Pugh (Little Women) was outstanding as Alice in the lead role, as was musician Harry Styles who played her husband Jack in his debut role as a debonair loving husband in a controlling and regressive reality.
Chris Pine plays Frank, founder of a utopian 1950s desert community known as the “Victory Project.”
Bunny; Alice’s best friend, is played by Olivia Wilde who also directed the movie (excellent job Olivia). Bunny is revealed to be a willing participant in the Victory simulation as, having lost her children in the real world, she comes to Victory to unite with them again.
I loved this movie for the suspense, the actors, the backdrop and the mid-century modern style.
I think Olivia Wilde did a superb job as director. Didn’t look at the reviews until after. I know Rotten Tomatoes gave it a very low score but the audience gave it a relatively high one. It’s one of those things; you either love it or hate it. I know people who loved the new “Elvis” movie and others who hated it.
Like everything else; it’s an acquired taste.
Have you seen it? If so; let me know what you think.