‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Is A Disaster, No Matter What Glass We View It Through


this week opens Don’t Worry Darling by Olivia Wilde, but it’s not unreasonable to think that it seems like it was released a long time ago, given the amount of press coverage its controversies have generated. The film marks the second time Wilde has chosen the director’s seat after her well-received film Booksmart. Anticipation was high around Don’t Worry Darlinga psychological thriller set in the suburbs of the 1950s.

However, for weeks now, attention has been focused on the alleged romance between Wilde and Harry Styles, an ill-fated press conference at the Venice Film Festival (what the hell was trying to say styles? Is it true that you spit on chris pine? Y why florence pugh was so absent?), and the alleged off-screen feud between Wilde and Pugh. And that’s not even mentioning the infamous Shia LaBoeuf scandal, in which Wilde claimed to have fired the actor, a claim LaBoeuf publicly and later denied. a video appeared in which Wilde pleads with LaBoeuf to rejoin the film, saying, supposedly about Florence Pugh, “I think this might be a wake-up call for Miss Flo.”

Early reviews of the film have been lackluster. Rotten Tomatoes gave it just 32 percent. Jennifer Heaton from Alternate Lens wrote in his review: “Don’t Worry Darling it’s a beautiful garbage fire; a mess you can’t look away from that mistakes vagueness for subtlety, confusion for suspense, and pomposity for importance.” Manohla Dargis of the New York Times wrote a similar opinion: “Wilde is not a strong enough filmmaker at this point to sidestep the story’s weaknesses, let alone transcend them.”

So is there anyone who followed the behind-the-scenes hoopla who did watch this movie? Is there any chance of it being successful?

We don’t know yet, but there’s a history of famous movies surviving major off-screen controversy. For example, Cleopatra, the 1963 film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor is famous for its torrid adventure and its huge budget. Nevertheless, Cleopatra it went on to be the year’s biggest box office winner ($57.7 million). Another example is the Bette Davis and Joan Crawford horror classic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Rumors about that film included the fierce conflict between the two superstar actresses, which led to petty banter (Crawford put rocks in her pockets when Davis had to drag her across the floor on screen) and stunts (Davis gleefully confessed that he enjoyed having pushed Crawford down the stairs in one scene).

History teaches us that if a production is known primarily for its controversy, it will generally not achieve lasting success. Though BabyJane stands the test of time, today Cleopatra it is most famous for its scandals and problems. Tom Breihan speculated onThe AV Club: “Cleopatra he made so much money because people were curious about this overwhelming waste. It’s one of those clear cases…where behind-the-scenes stories take precedence over whatever they show on screen.” Sheer curiosity often drives early success at the box office.

The gossip that surrounds Don’t Worry Darling was matched this year only by controversy on Broadway, specifically regarding the first revival of Funny Girl. The original star of the play was Beanie Feldstein, but he abruptly dropped out in July. Her replacement is Lea Michele, who played a student obsessed with Funny Girl in the tv series glee. Some have disparaged Feldstein for her looks and her soft singing voice, while others have fervently defended her. Rumors circulated about Michele’s previous behavior on set, including allegedly racist comments and an unwillingness to share the spotlight with other actors.

The result? The play, which had tanked at the box office, saw by far its biggest attendance week ever when Michele began her run as Fanny Brice. It appears that the behind-the-scenes drama sparked renewed interest and increased attendance for the musical.

It’s not uncommon for people to enjoy stories of the flaws and misdeeds of the rich and famous. Perhaps because gossip knocks stars off their pedestals, average people find solace from their own problems and the clutter in their own lives. For whatever reason, much of the public loves to hear that celebrities misbehave.

Don’t Worry Darling you have a lot to worry about right now. The days and weeks to come will tell if the hype of the press surrounding it manages to make it a box office success. Wasn’t the artist PT Barnum lying when he said, “Bad publicity doesn’t exist”? Will all the gossip and speculation about the cast and crew make Don’t Worry Darling the “disaster from which [los compradores de boletos] can’t look away”?

We’ll see.


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