Daily Maverick

Don’t Worry Darling


Hype about Olivia Wilde’s second feature has been overshadow­ed by tabloid-fodder scandals. Wilde insists she replaced Shia LaBeouf with Harry Styles to “protect her cast”, particular­ly Florence Pugh, who is furious at Wilde for going on to date Styles and because a video of Wilde asking LaBeouf not to leave undermined Pugh, and so on. The film is a psychologi­cal thriller in which a 1950s housewife (Pugh) realises her utopian existence is masking a darker reality. Wilde compares it to mindbender films Inception, The Matrix and The Truman Show, which seems overly ambitious. But it deserves a chance.

Showing in cinemas from 23 September

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