I’m worried, darling

Harry Styles tried his best, but his skills failed to meet expectations in Dont worry, Darling.

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Harry Styles tried his best, but his skills failed to meet expectations in “Don’t worry, Darling.”

Anna Frazier, Staff Writer

After hitting theaters on Sept. 23, there were high expectations from people everywhere, including myself for “Don’t Worry Darling.” There was obviously a vision here, but the execution was not all that fans had hoped for. Whenever I heard the words “psychological thriller” and “Florence Pugh” I was immediately excited, thinking this movie was going to be as good as her past role in “Midsommar,” which is a masterpiece. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

“Don’t Worry Darling”  is a psychological thriller that takes place in 1950s California. The main couple, Jack (Harry Styles) and Alice (Florence Pugh) Chambers are living out their dream lives in a perfect suburban neighborhood. Though, the conflict is that it’s almost too perfect. As the film continues, Alice begins to take notice of the imperfections and figure out what is really going on around them.

One problem was the lack of a plot, being predictable in ways. The ending felt underwhelming and left me with questions. Additionally, the acting also let me down. The script for “Don’t Worry Darling” was sought after by many big names. At one point, actor Shia Labeouf played Jack but was fired early in production. As they were looking for a replacement, Wilde had her eye on Styles which resulted in him being the actor for the job.

Styles is a talented singer with many fans around the world to prove it. Though I believe the music industry is where he belongs. Whenever he appeared on screen I found it amusing instead of frightening. It was difficult to view him as the character, causing the movie to not feel serious.

The significant drama on and off set made the film difficult to watch. All I could think about was Pugh and Wilde arguing and Styles spitting at Chris Pine at the premiere. Although it was entertaining for social media, it made it hard to watch the movie knowing the cast had zero chemistry.

“Don’t Worry Darling” may have been disappointing, but there was still a lot of obvious effort put into the motion picture. Pugh shines as she always does and this does not take away from how good of an actress she is. If anything, it makes her seem better if compared to her co-star. I appreciate what Wilde has done to create this film, and I just hope to see her work improve in the future.

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