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Don’t Worry Darling Review

There are films where sci-fi is captivating and there ones where artificial intelligence is out of this world. In Don’t Worry Darling, both those elements are mediocre. Don’t Worry Darling lacks in both entertainment and characterization. The biggest appeal is the film’s cast. The film may have a stellar lineup of celebrities, but that aspect does not make the film any better. Even the writing is unstructured. That leads to the pacing being off also. Don’t Worry Darling look cool (to me) at first, however it is a disaster in all forms.

The film falls in genre categories of Drama, Mystery, and Thriller. Realistically it is sci-fi. The sci-fi aspects are vibrant in the beginning. When the conflicts arise, the film is poor and uninviting. From my experience with Don’t Worry Darling, it is because of its lacking foundation in the setup of the film. There is not much detail to why or how the setting is in the film. There is also not much evidence or background on the conflicting issues or resentments with all the cast in the film. The one inviting aspect was the actress, Olivia Wilde. She is not only one of the leads of the film, but also the director.

In Don’t Worry Darling, the film takes place in California. The setting is an experimental community that is utopian. It is setup where the men go to work, and the women stay home. The characters are Alice Chambers (played by Florence Pugh), Jack Chambers (played by Harry Styles), Bunny (played by Olivia Wilde), and Frank (played by Chris Pine). The film is setup where the men work for a prestige company, while the women stay home. As the more secrets tend to cause questioning, the ladies begin to rebel against their husbands wishes. That is where Don’t Worry Darling begins to lack. There is no foundation setup of the dynamics of the families. To further elaborate, it is also just poorly written and one where I felt I could not take the performances seriously. There may be a bigger secret to the film’s center of its problems. The film’s directing though is absurd.

As the tensions starts to add fuel to the fire in the film, that is where I felt there was more not making sense. The expectations of husbands and their wives is wacky. On top of that, there is occurrences that do not add value to the film’s suspense theme. Most of the unexplained dramatics are out of tune. There is little to no explanation of their happenings. Don’t Worry Darling do not know how to captivate its audience. It also does not know how to create invigorating character dynamics. All the moments of its characterization factors are ridiculous.

Don’t Worry Darling was promising for me at the start. I knew of the mixed clashing conflicts with the actors and filmmakers, that the film may not be that great. I still had faith in it though. It did not live up to my expectations though. It did though live up to the technical aspects with the brisk and amazing scenery of California. Regardless though, the film had disappointment after disappointment. That is rather unfortunate, because the all-star cast had me excited to have the experience to see Don’t Worry Darling. Sadly though, it is one where many should expect to set their expectations low.

Trying to remain positive here, but it is not coming easy. Don’t Worry Darling was probably one of the most mediocre experiences for me this year. I feel that it could have been so much better. It is obvious though, that the film was rushed and with all the previous conflicts, that that probably was factor to why the film turned out how it was. Two stars for Don’t Worry Darling.

The Silent Twins Review

The Silent Twins is a true story. One where its realism is expanded with lighting and colorful cinematography through many increments of the film. The technical aspects tie into the true story of June and Jennifer Gibbons. The story is heavy. Heavy enough where I found it challenging to experience the moments of sadness or frustration between both the twins. The film may lead others to have all kinds of emotions due to the seriousness of the issues in which are true in the film’s writing. The Silent Twins gets deep and dark with drastic scenarios, but it only inspires its audience to keep the ones we love close.

The true concept of the twins choosing to be silent shows growth in the twin’s life. It also shows deceit and challenges between the two. One develops better academic skills while the other lacks, and one is more of a risk-taker than the other. The Silent Twins is a film that shows how siblings have clashing relationships. Not just with falling apart and not getting along, but also realizing the differences between each other. As an individual who has a sibling, The Silent Twins hit close to home for me. That is because of how the twins have their moments that go awry. When that does happen, they still want to feel connected. I have had my moments in my life where I have had that, and I still wanted to feel connected. The Silent Twins is a landscape spanning many years of a deep relationship between two sisters, and how they always wanted to stick together.

In elaborating on the plot, this is the setup of the film. Letitia Wright plays June and Tamara Lawrence plays Jennifer. They are two twins with a very close bond. The secret to their troubled lives though is because of how they remain quiet. They never talk with anyone in the real world except for each other. Throughout their years together, they have shared love for the arts, and always have correlated the fragments of their creative minds. Despite their touching and empathetic bond towards each other, they become known as “the silent twins.” Their silence though has caused disconnect with their families and their resources. It has also caused them to fall into moments of criminal activity and legal issues. As their lives spiral to be a disaster, they remain silent and only communicate with each other. Their criminal choices though, result in having to stay at Broadmoor. That is a psychiatric hospital. After a wildlife of growing up in Whales, and a unique pattern of behaviors, the Gibbons only remain close to each other, no matter the negative circumstances.

The psychiatric hospital moments left me with mixed feelings. I asked myself questions. Is June or Jennifer better than one another? Has one made more mistakes than the other? Do their lives have to suffer when they have so much to live for? The Silent Twins correlates past and present in many hard scenarios. They may be hard to see, however, I will say the empathy grows strong throughout the many trial and error situations for Jennifer and June.

The Silent Twins is visually moving. Its storyline is in-depth with its authenticity. I will say this one of the most empathetic and visually moving films I have seen in a long time. There is light in many corners in The Silent Twins. Viewers will hope that there is lighter than that they experience with the film. Three and a half stars.

Pearl Review

Earlier this year, director Ti West took his audience on a crazy and dazzling journey with the film X. Now seven months later, he takes his audience to the world of Pearl, a prequel to X set on the farm from X, but in the early 1900s, in the olden days of filmmaking.

In the film, Mia Goth plays Pearl, a girl with many feelings of loneliness and desire, who is living with her harsh mother Ruth, played by Tandi Wright, and her disabled father, played by Matthew Sunderland. Pearl lives a depressing life of solitude and rules, with little love, and she becomes desperate to find fame. Her search for it, though, is one that is rather harrowing—and deadly. She meets a film projectionist, played by David Corenswet, who shows her classy olden films. She meets others in the film industry, including Misty and Howard, played by Emma Jenkins-Purro and Alistair Sewell. Pearl’s desire to find fame causes her to become vindictive—enough to want to kill.

There are many similarities between Pearl and X, but Pearl contains less violence than X. The violence in Pearl is still graphic, but tempered by Goth’s performance. Like X, Pearl involves the concept of sex and filmmaking, which seems to be a big theme with West’s directing. In X, it was all about porn actors and directors trying to make a movie on a farm. After all the fun of their sexual escapades and filming of adult films, they begin to be terrorized by the landlords of the farm. Pearl is, again, about a girl living on that same farm, but decades earlier.

The theme of sex and movies being frowned upon in the olden days of filmmaking was interesting. Instead of Pearl being shy about it, though, she wants to be the one involved in sexual activities in films, despite it being an era where having sex in movies was not common. For Pearl, it’s not only about being a star, she also wants her desires to be met. And if Pearl can’t get sex, she is ready for others to pay the price. Though not quite as violent as X, Pearl is easily the most eccentric, and the most crazy and erotic, directing I have seen from West.

Despite its eccentricity and disturbing theme Pearl does give an interesting look back at the classic days of filmmaking. I very much enjoyed that aspect of the film. There are some repeated aspects and events from X, but this is a prequel so some of that is to be expected. The horror in Pearl being calmer than in X was a plus. Overall, I would call Pearl a crazy ride of terror and killings, with some laughs thrown in. I am giving the flick three and a half stars.