Here are our ~actual~ thoughts from the preview we attended earlier this week! Needless to say, there are some SERIOUS spoilers ahead, so bookmark this for later if you're planning on watching yourself. If you're not, well, here's the 411 on 2022's most anticipated movie.
*Please also forgive our tendency to call the characters by the actors' names, but it makes it easier to describe if you haven't seen the movie!
🚨 So yeah, don't read on if you don't want major spoilers for this! 🚨
1. So here we are wondering whether the omission of a comma in the movie title is intentional. Like, maybe "darling" is a person you're not supposed to worry?
2. We might be giving the filmmakers a little bit too much credit there.
3. NGL, this whole place looks like a billboard in Back to the Future.
4. Okay, so these '50s kids love to drink.
5. We're getting big a "American Dream" style aesthetic already. It's a vibe for sure.
6. Immediately, Harry's accent is all over the place. We were waiting for it to be American like everyone else, but is it Irish? Is it just his normal accent? Has he been told to do a generic transatlantic accent and failed?
7. He's talking in short sentences so that no one can quite place it. We see. Smart.
8. It does kind of feel like they're about to break into song Hairspray style.
9. Do the women never go beyond their driveways? How do they get food? Do groceries magically appear in their cupboards?
10. NGL, those Victory signs are literally a massive red flag.
11. Now they're doing these forced ballet lessons. We don't know that they're forced. but every woman we've met thus far is doing them so…
12. So it's cooking, cleaning, and ballet for the women, is it? Alright then.
13. Random thought, but it feels a little unusual to have so many Brits in a blockbuster film like this, no? You've got Florence, Harry, Gemma Chan.
14. So there's a new woman on the block and she looks absolutely terrified. She definitely doesn’t want to be there.
15. Florence keeps noticing weird things and having hallucinations. We're not that far in, so this film is already getting straight into the whole this-place-isn’t-what-it-seems vibes.
16. Did someone watch Florence tripping out in Midsommar and think. "yep, that worked, let’s do that again."
17. How did Florence even end up here?!? I guess that's the main question really.
18. She's really mastered the *vacant but also confused* look.
19. Sorry, but is Harry even ~trying~ to be American? If he is, then this is embarrassing. Couldn't sit with a vocal coach for even a couple of days to give it a try, Hazza?
20. We really just assumed that Olivia and Florence's characters would be feuding on screen too, but they're actually BFFs!
21. Given the time and place setting, their characters are very saucy and funny. I'd hang with these girls!
22. Come on Florence, tuna salad as the centrepiece of your dish? That's not how you impress someone!
23. So everyone is terrified of Chris Pine, BUT WHY? We love and hate watching films like this cos the tension is great, but we're way too impatient for the reveal.
24. The way they all revere Chris is giving super culty vibes.
25. It's actually hilarious that Harry's character is afraid of Chris given what may or may not have transpired in the real world.
26. "Chaos is the enemy of progress"... Okay, getting BIG culty vibes now.
27. This guy called Dr. Collins helped build the Victory community and is 100% a bad guy if we've ever seen one.
28. This doctor is definitely more "Dr. Frankenstein" than your standard community GP.
29. This incredibly vague speech about progress without actually saying ~what~ they're progressing towards is SO FRUSTRATING.
30. Okay, we're back at home, and I don't want to bring down the tone, but I think people are gonna have ~feelings~ about the way Harry is eating this 🐱.
31. There's a lady called Margaret (Kiki Layne) who is having an episode. It's giving *when the camera flashes* in Get Out.
32. There are also lots of earthquakes going on, which Olivia keeps saying is a result of the "men at work". Okay, seems legit. We wouldn't question that.
33. Except, OF COURSE WE WOULD.
34. What are they even doing?
35. They're probably just getting high and playing video games TBF.
36. Okay, so the women are being told they're not allowed to leave. Red flag, babe.
37. You must stay in this confined sunny place, play sports, drink cocktails, and do all the cooking and cleaning. Actually, this sounds pretty amazing rn.
38. There's this quaint little tram thing called the Victory Townlink that takes them around town like they're dolls or something. It's kind of like being trapped in an amusement park.
39. So this is giving us LOTS of different things – Get Out, The Village, Stepford Wives, The Truman Show. We kind of live for these types of movies, so we're excited to see how this plays out!
40. So Florence is off the Victory Townlink and into the desert.
41. It's pretty exciting cos we DEFINITELY know she shouldn't be doing this, but the forbidden fruit to too sweet!
42. Now she's at this dome, which is wayyyy too futuristic in our opinion.
43. Okay, she's blacked out. I guess we're not finding anything out now.
44. So we've learned that Kiki is not mentally well because she wandered out into the desert around the town and saw something. That’s bad news because Florence did the exact same and is now seeing things.
45. Do Florence and Harry have chemistry? They sort of do, but it's mostly coming from Florence, and then Harry just has his raw sexual magnetism.
46. At this point, it does kind of feel like Florence is carrying Harry.
47. By the way, the music is really top drawer. We're feeling super pulled in.
48: It kind of sounds like the Coraline soundtrack.
49. Okay so Kiki has killed herself, and Florence sees this but is dragged away by men in red boiler suits who have seemingly come from absolutely nowhere. This is pretty much the first time we REALLY see something is up.
50. Okay darling, it's time to start worrying.
51. Florence is trying to tell the menfolk about it, but honey, you must know by now they’re not on your side.
52. Yup, she's doing the same thing Margaret did... THAT DIDN’T WORK!
53. It's fascinating that Florence has this whole subconscious she can't even remotely account for.
54. Harry is kinda gaslighting her rn. If we thought he was on her side, he surely isn't!
55. Ohhhhhhh! Okay, BREAKING NEWS. Harry IS actually British in the story. Someone just called him a Brit. We can stop wondering WTH is going on with his voice.
56. Oh, here's Dita Von Teese at this big party ready to perform her famous martini glass routine for the citizens of Victory. Wow, does this woman age?!?!
57. Chris is giving a speech now, and we can't be the only ones who are seeing Leo in Wolf of Wall Street when he speaks?
58. Harry is getting promoted, but then he has to dance for what feels like three hours. Honestly, if I had to dance to get a promotion, I'd just make peace with my salary as it is.
59. Sorry, but WTF is that dancing?
60. Florence is VERY upset. There's just a lot going on in this scene.
61. Now they're chanting "whose world is this". YES… Whose world is this?!?! That's our question exactly.
62. What is he even being promoted to? This makes no sense.
65. Chris has hella flirty energy with Florence, and we're kinda feeling that connection.
66. Lol Chris being like, "I know you know what's going on, so test me."
67. Okay, a few of them have gathered at Florence and Harry's for dinner and the BEST BIT just happened. Harry pulled out a chair and Florence very abruptly sat on it. Iconic behaviour.
68. Gemma Chan is SO gorgeous, but her Jackie O hair and makeup in this film doesn't really suit her. Maybe she's just not one for that nutty brown hair colour.
69. Harry stands out in all of these group scenes, and we're not sure it's for the right reasons.
70. In fact, everything about this scene feels a little staged – not sure if it's supposed to feel like that.
71. At this point, Sam is wondering if they're all dead. Is it like a *spoiler alert* Lost situation? Ben does not agree with Sam.
72. Oh no, Florence is definitely gonna be "taken away" after this :(.
73. Okay, we're doing a VERY crucial flashback and Harry is American now!
74. Oh no Harry, that beard is not good for you.
75. Okay, we're kind of here for this reveal. I have many questions though.
76. He and Florence both look pretty bad as their modern day selves. I know that's the point, but they look SO much better as their glam '50s counterparts.
77. So this is obviously a crucial juncture in the story, but we're still wondering where this is going to go. Like, the movie's been on for a long time already, and it doesn't feel like it’s nowhere near a conclusion yet!
78. Oh wow, this is all gonna stem from some YouTuber, isn't it?
79. Harry is serving MAJOR incel vibes despite having a girlfriend.
80. Oh damn, TFW the internet makes you kidnap your wife
81. Okay, Florence is trying to get away because she's realised she's been trapped in a fake world by Harry and her real body is on the outside in the modern day world.
82. She's being pursued by all of the men and THIS. CAR. CHASE. IS ELECTRIC.
83. Florence has managed to blow up most of her pursuers. TBF, that creepy doctor guy had it coming.
84. Pretty much the whole way through this film, we’ve been making comparisons to Stepford Wives. The Gemma stabbing Chris bit has very much put us in the mind of when (SPOILER) Glenn Close is revealed to be behind everything in Stepford Wives, not her husband played by Christopher Walken.
85. As she stabbed him, Gemma said "it's my turn". Her turn to do what?!?! Damn, she really did twist that knife though.
86. YASSSSS, Florence broke through to the real world via that futuristic dome thing.
87. So she's just gonna wake up, not be able to move or blink, and probably die of starvation? What a dark ending!
88. Also, as it turns out, the comma omission had no purpose. Disappointing.
– To be honest, that was pretty great!
– It did feel like A LOT of different films meshed together, but we're not mad about it.
– We have about about 100 questions, but we're gonna sit with those for a while.
– Harry can sort of act. He's definitely not as bad as people were saying.
– While it certainly had its moments, Don't Worry Darling might be remembered in the long term for what happened off screen more than on screen.