Don’t Worry Darling: Major Oscar Contender Despite Florence Pugh’s Fearless Performance

Despite Florence Pugh’s fearless performance, ‘Don’t Worry, Darling’ isn’t a major Oscar contender.

There’s no denying Olivia Wilde can direct a film like no other. “Don’t Worry Darling,” her most recent behind-the-scenes project, is a seductive and exciting thriller.

Filmgoers are likely to be drawn to it because of the attractive cast, which includes Chris Pine, Harry Styles, and Florence Pugh. It will undoubtedly continue to cause a lot of buzz.

It’s a movie that will, at the very least, keep generating plenty of rumors. There has already been a slew of pre-release headlines, some of which are about the film, like most popcorn thrillers. Its chances of being nominated for an Academy Award are as slim as the film’s attempt to make Harry Styles look unattractive in one crucial scene. “Nice try, but I’m not sold.”

The result is a slew of intense thrillers like “Gone Girl” (2014), whose star Rosamund Pike only received one nomination. Pugh, previously nominated for “Little Women,” plays a suburban wife who begins to doubt her reality. While there will be supporters, the flaws in the script will keep her on the outside looking in.

Arianne Phillips’ glamorous costumes and cinematographer Matthew Libatique’s sensual framing will likely win Oscars. Even those appear to be complex tasks for Warner Bros., the film’s production company.

The cast is full of talented performers and A-list celebrities. As a mysterious guru-like figure, Pine does the best work of the supporting cast, while Styles proves he can act. However, depending on his category placement, Styles is more likely to be recognized for his understated performance in Amazon Studios’ “My Policeman.”

And Wilde doesn’t just prove she’s a great director. She reminds viewers that she is a fantastic actress when given the proper role. Wilde has a few standout scenes as a cocktail-swilling neighbor with her dark secrets. She won’t be nominated, but it’s great to see her return to form after her underappreciated work in “Meadowland.”

Bottom line: “Don’t Worry, Darling” can be crossed off your Oscar wish lists.

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