Cineverm – A Film Podcast


Don’t Worry Darling (2022) – Movie Review – Ep. 79
Anthony's Rating: 3
David's Rating: 4
Cineverm Rating: 3.5

Don’t worry: this week we discuss Don’t Worry Darling and try to sort it out.

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Synopsis for Don’t Worry Darling

Alice and Jack are lucky to be living in the idealized community of Victory, the experimental company town housing the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families. The 1950’s societal optimism espoused by their CEO, Frank–equal parts corporate visionary and motivational life coach–anchors every aspect of daily life in the tight-knit desert utopia. While the husbands spend every day inside the Victory Project Headquarters, working on the “development of progressive materials,” their wives–including Frank’s elegant partner, Shelley–get to spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury and debauchery of their community. Life is perfect, with every resident’s needs met by the company. All they ask in return is discretion and unquestioning commitment to the Victory cause. But when cracks in her idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something much more sinister lurking beneath the attractive façade, Alice can’t help questioning exactly what they’re doing in Victory, and why. Just how much is Alice willing to lose to expose what’s really going on in this paradise?

Podcast Transcript

Anthony: So this is one of our newer released films that we are covering here for the podcast. I’m very excited; I saw this in the cinemas. I just wanted to say off the top – because I don’t think either of us are really interested in talking about this aspect of the movie – we’re not going to really dig into the whole drama behind the scenes stuff just because I’m not well versed in it, and it doesn’t really add much to the movie. We want to just dissect the movie for what it is. So if you came for that, sorry. But, initial impressions: I guess I wanted to start with you because you were the one that prompted this movie review into existence. So I’m curious what that initial viewing for you was like…