DON’T WORRY DARLING – Review by Susan Granger

If there’s truth in the old adage that any publicity is good publicity, Don’t Worry Darling should blast off at the box-office. After its Venice Film Festival premiere, salacious buzz about the psychological thriller centered on rumors about tension between director Olivia Wilde and star Florence Pugh. This is Wilde’s second directorial effort. Problem is: there are too many intriguing yet meaningless distractions that dilute what should have been a provocative payoff.

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ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? – Review by Susan Granger

How did a concussion injury become a romantic comedy cliché? Following What Men Want, this is the second cinematic instance in 2019 when a woman’s life suddenly changes – for the better – after she suffers a brain injury. Formulaically scripted, it evokes the ‘concussive’ concept that’s been around since Mark Twain wrote A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and recalls Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty.

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