Olivia Wilde’s second directorial attempt with the star-studded Don’t Worry Darling fails to impress. This comes at a time when the film’s production house, Warner Bros. is already facing insurmountable controversies and lateral shifts within the company. Don’t Worry Darling was supposed to be only one of two films slated to come out of WB for the rest of the year. With the fiery crash of Olivia Wilde’s bold attempt, Warner Bros., too, hits rock bottom.
Olivia Wilde Needs to Worry About Don’t Worry Darling
Olivia Wilde once made a big splash with her 2019 directorial debut, Booksmart. But the second ride proved bumpier than usual. With the director’s relationship with one of the younger actors making news, it had been a knotted affair right from the get-go. But the recent few months proved fouler for Wilde as her fallout with her lead actress, Florence Pugh, went public with an embarrassing sequel by Shia LaBeouf. It’s evidently not surprising that after months of raging controversies and fueling expectations, the ruckus would draw more attention than necessary.
But the mass expectation also drove up marginally higher with a faction of the crowd devoted to the Harry Styles fandom. With the young pop icon rising higher on the global ladder of recognition, he is constantly breaking boundaries in music as well as starting conversations about the politics of gender and sexual identities. His relationship with Olivia Wilde had landed negatively among the cast of Don’t Worry Darling after the long-term engaged director began dating the British singer.
In the meantime, the sets of the psychological thriller became a battleground for clashing feminist ideals after the Shia LaBeouf-Florence Pugh controversy. The leaked footage of Wilde’s call to LaBeouf is being associated with the #TimesUp movement and the director needs to focus on salvaging her public image now more than ever. The back-to-back controversies, a failed directorial attempt, and the horrible drama at the Venetian press tour, all in the span of a single film would do more harm than serve as publicity for her still extensive future in Hollywood.
Twitter Bashes DWD‘s Attempt to Fly Above the Radar
With the walls closing in on all parties involved, the WB management is yet to be found anywhere close to the crash site that is Don’t Worry Darling. In the meantime, the moviegoers have been displaying constantly mixed reactions ranging from shocked to scared to surprised to disappointed. With the studio now entirely focused on the promotion of their big budget DCEU film, Black Adam, the responsibility of the making or breaking of the film in its aftermath falls on the court of public opinion, comprised mostly of the Twitter jury.
Don’t Worry Darling, the new movie directed by Olivia Wilde…Reviewers are calling it everything from shit to fucking shit. pic.twitter.com/GAOVQ8CEUg
— derek (@derpo377) September 23, 2022
Despite a world-class cast & visually captivating style, Don't Worry Darling (⭐️) fails on every level you can imagine. Thanks to an utterly miserable screenplay, Olivia Wilde's second film as a director is too repetitive, too long & most notably, too boring. See at your own risk pic.twitter.com/YtTH3SXNyZ
— Cinema Tweets (@CinemaTweets1) September 20, 2022
don’t worry darling is as bad as they say, possibly worse
— m (@aquarius_thott) September 23, 2022
Don’t worry darling is very bad. But funny! Accidentally
— thot police (@monkeyvellian) September 23, 2022
at don’t worry darling during Harry’s most intense scene the entire full theater erupted in peals of laughter in case you’re wondering how bad it is
— Abby Barr (@1AbbyRoad) September 23, 2022
Although the official ratings dwindling as low as 35% on Rotten Tomatoes, critic reviews are mercilessly pouring in in abundance. Among those, a top critic at the Wall Street Journal, Kyle Smith writes, “I’d certainly rather watch an ambitious film than an unambitious one. But Ms. Wilde’s movie needs more discipline and less hallucination.”
Don’t Worry Darling is now out in theatres.