Olivia Wilde’s film is deftly designed and performed—and delivers a stunning twist.
Don’t Worry Darling, a new film directed by Olivia Wilde, explores the issues raised by The Feminine Mystique through the lens of Alice (Florence Pugh), a 1950s housewife who resides in an idyllic California community with her husband, Jack (Harry Styles). Alice initially relishes the suburban bliss that the neighborhood of Victory upholds. But she soon comes to question the rigidity and isolation of the town, which confines all women to a regulated schedule as their husbands toil away on the mysterious Victory Project.
You’ll never guess the truth. But that’s kind of appropriate, given how obscured by distraction the conversation around Don’t Worry Darling has been (to a point where we have to ask, did anyone else not know Dita Von Teese pops up for a turn in a martini glass?). It’s a knife-edge thriller perfectly deserving of the volume of attention it’s earned, even if for reasons which are beneath it.
Don’t Worry Darling is stirring up controversy before it hits theaters on Sept. 23. The film, which stars Florence Pugh, also marks pop star Harry Styles’ first major starring role. Written by screenwriter Katie Silberman and also featuring Chris Pine, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, and Gemma Chan, Don’t Worry Darling has been highly anticipated since it was announced in 2019.