1950-Ðµ. Jack and Alice live in a perfect corporate town made up entirely of designer houses. While the men work on a secret Victory project, their wives do chores, ballet and shopping – all to please their husbands. But as time passes, Alice begins to suspect that the company Jack works for is hiding terrible secrets.
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‘Don’t Worry, Darling’ was one of the most anticipated releases of 2022. Audiences were promised a complex psychological thriller with incredible plot twists, an all-star cast and Olivia Wilde as director. The film was heavily promoted long before its release and was presented with honors to the public at the Venice Film Festival. But all was in vain – ratings are weak, critics’ reviews are disgusting, and the cherry on the cake was the story of behind-the-scenes scandals among the crew.
From the trailer of ‘Don’t Worry, Darling’ it becomes clear that this is a film about a woman who suddenly realizes that her world is unreal. Films based on this concept almost always gain a cult status. ‘The Matrix’, ‘The Truman Show’, ‘The Stepford Wives’, ‘Underground’, ‘The Mysterious Forest’ are just a few of them. Many such films unfolded in unexpected ways – viewers had no idea that the story being told would turn out to be such a twist. But ‘Don’t Worry, Darling’ initially manifested this. And consequently kept the audience expecting something unexpected following the revelation of this secret by the film’s heroine.
But in fact, Olivia Wilde and the screenwriters offered the audience nothing new. They took many of the stories of their predecessors, threw them in a blender, stirred them up and served up a combination of old bits of cinema. There was no room for anything new at all, much less original. Alas…
That said, you can’t say that ‘Don’t Worry, Honey’ is boring to watch. It is indeed an interesting story, the concept of unreality of the world and total deceit, no matter how many times it is embodied on the screens, always captures the viewer’s spirit. But along with interest, watching this film is inevitably accompanied by growing disappointment from what we see.
And there is disappointment in just about everything. The film’s stylistics constantly jumps and bows back and forth between the flamboyant comedies ‘Stepford Wives’ and ‘The Truman Show’ and the dark thrillers ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ and ‘Dark City’. The unreality of the heroine’s world is declared from the first minutes, but then the audience with her for an hour and a half just keep convinced that ‘something is wrong here’. Bright feminist attitude, along with attempts to demonstrate the duality of the relationship between husbands and wives, made the characters characterless and faceless. Some of the actors were barely able to embody the characters they were offered. Well, the sort of open ending which mixed ‘Inception’ with ‘The Truman Show’, instead of adding intrigue and mystery to the film, was the last straw that separated ‘Don’t Worry, Darling’ from failure.
Some eminent critics in their reviews point out that the script of this film clearly needed a rewrite. There really is something exciting, curious and fresh in it. But all the potential was destroyed by the narcissism of the makers of this film. The screenwriters thought they had come up with something original, even though they hadn’t. The director decided that she could masterfully play with genres, even though she didn’t. The producers thought they could use aggressive marketing to turn audiences into enthusiastic fans, though they didn’t.
‘Don’t Worry, Darling’ turned out to be as empty as eggs that turned to chaff in the hands of the main character. And the filmmakers’ attempts to make this picture look like a deep psychological thriller are as shameless violence on the viewer’s mind as forcing someone to live in an unreal world.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (52.8 Mb/s)
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: Dolby TrueHD with Dolby Atmos 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
German: Dolby Digital 5.1
German: Dolby Digital Stereo
Czech: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Polish: Dolby Digital 5.1
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