🍿49: Don't Worry Darling
This week: Nudes in Disney and a feature review of the year's most controversial blockbuster! Pugh Pugh 🔫
“If a problem can be solved there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good.”
~ Seven Years in Tibet, 1997
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Now for the headlines:
Lily-Rose Depp and Bill Skarsgård are set to star in Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu, with Skarsgård set to play the iconic vampire. Read more.
Sacheen Littlefeather, the actress and Indigenous activist that turned down an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando, has passed away. Read more.
Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine, is set to make a film adaptation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Read more.
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UK: 2 December // USA: 2 December
Based on a true story and directed by Antoine Fuqua, Emancipation stars Will Smith as Peter, a slave who escapes from a Louisiana plantation in search of freedom after being whipped within an inch of his life.
With the surprise announcement of this film’s release, it looks like Smith will be a contender for Best Actor at next year’s Oscars. It could be the first time an actor has been banned from the ceremony while simultaneously being nominated for an award.
UK: 16 November // USA: 16 November
Starring Florence Pugh and based on the book by Emma Donoghue, writer of ‘Room’. The Wonder is the tale of a young Irish girl, Anna O'Donnell, whose Catholic family claim she has eaten nothing since her eleventh birthday, four months ago.
Stars at Noon
UK: TBC // USA: 14 October
An American journalist (Margaret Qualley) stranded in present-day Nicaragua seduces an enigmatic Englishman (Joe Alwyn) who seems like her best chance of escape. But she soon realises that their affair has only put her in more danger.
Fact of the week
The 1977 animated film, The Rescuers, is a children’s classic but did you know that Disney had to recall 3.4 million copies of the home video in 1999… why? Because it contained an “objectionable background image”.
As the film’s heroes, Bianca and Bernard, fly through New York City strapped into a sardine box on the back of an albatross, there are two single frames where the photo of a topless woman can be seen in one of the windows.
Was it the work of a prankster or a disgruntled employee? Nobody knows, but it’s there. Here’s the clip, but watch closely because if you blink you’ll miss it.
Review: Don’t Worry Darling
2 (out of 5)
Where to watch:
USA: Only in cinemas
UK: Only in cinemas
In the 1950s utopian complex of Victory, the women cook, shop and drink in a luxury paradise while their husbands work on a top-secret project. But, as Alice (Florence Pugh) soon discovers, not everything is as it seems.
The review (NO spoilers):
Don’t Worry Darling has an interesting premise but fails to explore the concept in any meaningful depth. Instead, too much time is given to setting the scene and painting the apparently perfect world of Victory, where everyone is either happy or drunk.
While we know something more sinister is happening in the background, that fact is left dangling in front of us for too long. The longer we were left waiting for that something to happen or be revealed, the more my interest waned.
Harry Styles is about as good an actor as you’d expect and no number of sleek suits or classic cars can distract from it. While Pugh does well to carry him (and the film for that matter) with her performance, I should have been less surprised that a production that focuses so much on 1950s glamour and debauchery would put style — and Styles — over substance.
It’s a difficult film to write about without spoiling anything, but there are numerous holes in the plot, there’s barely an ounce of the suspense that the trailer hints at and it’s not half as feminist as Olivia Wilde wants it to be.
For further reading, I enjoyed Adrian Horton’s review/essay in The Guardian. She reveals a lot of spoilers, but I couldn’t agree with her more on this film.
Scroll down to see what’s in the next issue.
If you liked Don’t Worry Darling…
2017 | UK: Amazon Prime (£2.49) // USA: YouTube ($3.99)
If you were in a coma in 2017 and still haven’t seen Get Out, now’s the time. There’s a reason Jordan Peele’s status as a filmmaker has been elevated in recent years, it’s this.
While it may not seem like there are any clear comparisons to draw between these two films, Peele’s directorial debut shares a lot of common themes with Don’t Worry Darling, but I won’t spoil either of them by telling you what they are.
In the next issue:
The Banshees of Inisherin
UK: 13 October // USA: 1 October | Watch the Trailer
Was going to watch Don’t Worry darling. But trust your review! Looks like this film went in the WRONG direction ;)
'Styles over substance' - LOVE IT!!!