Don’t worry, darling, there’s been a lot of drama off-screen surrounding the new mysterious drama, but how is what happens on the screen worth watching? A 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community starts to worry that his posh company might be hiding some disturbing secrets. Let me say right off the bat that I had fun with this and I liked the movie.
I know it’s getting a lot of bad reviews right now, but I went in hoping for a story that was mysterious, possibly twisted, and a little strange, with characters that also fit those descriptions. Florence Pugh Harry Styles Olivia Wilde Chris Pine Gemma Chan From the trailer, it looks like Kiki Lane and Nick Kroll will have major roles in Florence Pew’s Alice’s life looks to be picture perfect. She lives in this beautiful neighbourhood. She’s madly in love with her husband, who also seems to be completely enamoured with her as well.
Now they live a perfectly manicured life. Everything’s in its place, and smiles are all around. Now I got mild vibes of The Stepford Wives from the trailer, but I really think that that’s because of some of the looks that the women get from their husbands and that there’s a certain level of servitude that could be expected. It’s actually a little unsettling to see how perfect their lives appear to be. Alice and her husband Jack live on a court with their best friends, all of whom work at the same place.
Their boss is a guy named Frank, who is played by Chris Pine. Frank is strange and tense, but he’s a visionary leader who works hard and plays hard, and he expects the same from his employees. I loved the themes that this story explored. It goes deep into power and control, longing and desire, and the idea of gaslighting. From the trailer, we can see that Alice thinks she sees or experiences something, but those around her don’t, so they tell her she’s wrong.
Are they hiding something, or is Alice just tired? The anxiety that this produces within the narrative, I think, is great to feel, and then Florence Pugh does an excellent job of crafting her character to be earnest but questionable Chris Pine is also another standout I mean, he’s smarmy, self-confident, and cocky, but he’s also sneaky about how he does things, which makes him even sneakier.
I wasn’t sure how Harry Styles was going to do in this because he doesn’t have much acting experience, but I think he does a good job with his character. There’s a point in the third act where I think he really shines. I was a little weirded out and my senses were a little confused at times, just trying to figure out what the visuals meant and why they were there. But that strange and anxious feeling that was created became enjoyable because it kept me off balance as the story went on, and then it fit right in with the feelings, thoughts, and sights that Alice herself was experiencing. I also liked the music and the set design.
I liked how the story built up to the climax. However, I think the movie is too long for what the story needs. It’s just over two hours long, and there are some parts that drag. There are also a few scenes that are repeats of scenes we’ve already seen. Frank I mean, the scene is excellent in reinforcing the story’s themes, and then it showcases how powerful actors both Pew and Pine are, so overall, I think the potential for enjoyment in this is great.
We get wonderful performances, particularly from Florence Pugh and Chris Pine, and the story has enough mystery and intrigue to deliver a payoff that I found to be highly satisfying. The cinematography is beautiful, and the editing is meant to confuse and frighten us. The story drags on a bit, especially with repeated scenes, but when all of this is combined with a story that explores powerful themes of control and desire, the result is a trippy adventure through a seemingly picture-perfect world that’s been carefully built to satisfy the people who live there. There’s no nudity, but there’s a lot of nakedness.