AN EXTRAORDINARY UTOPIC-THE THRILLER FILM “DON’T WORRY DARLING”
Cinema Writer/Film Critic Efe TEKSOY; wrote the mystery, thriller and drama film “DON’T WORRY DARLING” for America’s Los Angeles based Internet Newspaper @alaturkanews.
THE MYSTIC SIDE OF THE UTOPIC WORLD
Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema‘s Don’t Worry Darling, is a compelling mystery film with a striking treatment of the science fiction and psychological-thriller genres. Following in the footsteps of 1998’s The Truman Show, the production offers the audience an extraordinary story with its striking visuals and reverse corner ending. In the movie directed by the famous American actress Olivia Wilde, Wilde is accompanied by two-time Oscar nominee cinematographer Matthew Libatique behind the camera. The costumes of the film, whose music was composed by the famous Oscar-nominated British composer John Powell, were designed by the three-time Oscar nominee American costume designer Arianne Phillips. Although the film is presented as a luxury lifestyle that takes the audience back to the Rat Pack era with the glamor and glamor of the utopian world (with established gender roles), it criticizes the system with its underlying socio-political references. “We wanted to show that it’s not always easy to realize that the system you’re a part of is broken,” says screenwriter Katie Silberman. Overall, Don’t Worry Darling tells us a deep and shocking love story within the framework of psychological-thriller. But its background is surrounded by a dramatized simulation universe in which reality and imagination are intertwined. Director/producer/actor Olivia Wilde says, “This psychological thriller is my love letter to movies that push our imagination.” says the director and opens the doors of a scary dream universe to us.
PLOT OF THE FILM
In the 1950s, Alice (Pugh) and her husband Jack (Styles) are fortunate to live in the ideal society of Victory, a utopian experimental company town. While the men work every day at the town’s top-secret Victory Project Headquarters, their wives spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury, and debauchery of their community. Life is perfect as the needs of every resident are met by the company. All they ask in return is secrecy and unquestioned loyalty to the Victory cause. But Alice begins to worry that the glamorous company may be hiding troubling secrets, and she’s willing to lose what she has to reveal what’s really going on in this utopian paradise.
Stars; Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, Sydney Chandler, Kate Berlant, Asif Ali, Douglas Smith, Timothy Simons, Ari’el Stachel, Steve Berg and Chris Pine.
According to director Olivia Wilde: “At the heart of our movie is Alice Chambers, played by Florence Pugh, and she’s such a witty, loving and warm character that it’s impossible not to connect. I think he is someone you empathize with and connect with from the very first moment as a spectator. And we meet this character in this incredibly happy moment of his life, right at the point where he begins to question some of the mysteries around him. And then we discover that he’s also brutally brave. He’s so willing to put himself in danger that his dedication to finding answers is sweeping us away.
Screenwriter Katie Silberman describes the main characters, Alice and Jack, as “young and modern even for this kind of ensemble.” They’re madly in love and they’re a great team. They’re in the 1950s with dormant misogyny. They are truly partners. They are equal. And friends.” Director Wilde says, “Choosing Jack was really tough because we wanted to find someone who could be a worthy stage partner for Florence. It also had to be someone we wouldn’t typically describe as the traditional man of the 1950s. We wanted their relationship to look singular. You quickly realize that he is not a stereotypical “master of the house”, their love seems real, authentic and warm, and that is special at Victory. Jack and Alice are different.” When we found them, the movie became their movie. Florence and Harry worked hard together to create and bring this incredibly original, warm, subtle human relationship to the screen. Our next job was to decide who to line up around them.”
FRANK, CEO OF VICTORY
Supervising every resident of the town and every employee of Project Victory is the ubiquitous and all-knowing Frank, played by Chris Pine. CEO, mayor, social leader and voice of conscience, Frank asks everyone to share their philosophy and vision for progress. Among the inspirations for the character of Frank are Earl Nightingale, an American popular radio broadcaster and author who is interested in personal growth, motivation and meaningful existence, and Zig Ziglar, the famous American motivational speaker. And also American social philosopher and psychologist B.F. Skinner, who was also a professor of psychology at Harvard University evokes his work of psychological work on behaviorism. The character of Frank is reminiscent of the emergence and star-making popularity of the motivational/self-help figures of the era. Frank is the kind of leader you’d do anything to follow. He inspires his employees to be the best of themselves. It welcomes those who set out to change the world and are brave enough to change the world with it. The filmmakers encouraged this impressive cast to come up with the backstory of their characters during their first rehearsal process, especially the husband and wife relationships. Screenwriter Katie Silberman says: “When we were working with them from the very beginning, they brought these great ideas and we were able to push them through the story. They found a lot in terms of their actual dynamic with each other. All of this really came in handy during filming. It was really great.”
ARCHITECTURE OF VICTORY TOWN
In general, the story takes place in Victory Town. Its design reflects an American design movement MCM-Mid Century Modern aesthetic in architecture and urban development spanning America’s post-World War II era (popular from 1945 to 1969). Used as a style descriptor in the mid-1950s, the term was defined as a design movement in 1984 by Cara Greenberg in her book Mid-Century Modern: The Furniture of the 1950s (Random House) and is now a major design movement by scholars and is now recognized as an important design movement by scholars and museums around the world.
DON’T WORRY DARLING
Don’t Worry Darling, a mystery, thriller and drama filmed in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California. An exciting production that will drag you to the dark side of a utopian world.