Despite myriad predictions that the salacious backstage that pervades the entirety of Olivia Wilde’s second directorial bid, “Don’t Worry Darling,” would surely derail its box office standing, the highly hyped dystopian thriller had a stellar opening weekend, grossing just over $19 million, about $2 million more than originally forecast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Response from critics was mixed (while KKFI’s Russ Simmons calls him “an ambiguous, confusing exercise in paranoia”, Keith Garlington of Keith at the Movies said, “there’s a lot to love”), but one thing everyone seems to agree on is that “Don’t Worry Darling” is beautifully filmed, directed and costumed, making it a treat for fans. eyes on screen absolutely delicious!
Shot against a striking backdrop of mid-century architecture and dusty desert landscapes with cinematography from Matthew Libatic and production design by Katie Byron, the film tells the story of Jack (Harry Styles) and Alice Chambers (Florence Pugh), a handsome married couple from the 1950s who move to Victory, a planned corporate town where the employees of the mysterious Victory Corporation live. . A suburban utopia with sprawling greenbelts, a clubhouse, a sparkling pool, and even an on-site boutique, Victory residents want nothing and have no reason to leave. In fact, they are instructed not to. As fellow countryman Bunny (Wilde) advises Alice in the teaser“The only thing they ask of us is to stay here, where it’s safe.”
Of the fictional community, decorator Katie Byron said Desert magazine, “I would describe the city of Victory as a hedonistic playground. This is not a tamed and controlled conservative suburban life. Victory is a spectacular place full of opulence. We were describing a secret society in America, so it doesn’t represent traditional 1950s America or its values. As such, the production team descended on Palm Springs, the longtime playground of Hollywood’s elite, to create their desert utopia. A land of ubiquitous sunshine, blue skies, and mid-century architecture galore, the area proved the quintessential backdrop for the dark storyline.
A few local places highlighted include the Kaufmann House, Richard Neutra’s 1946 masterpiece of steel, aluminum, glass and stone, which depicts the off-site residence of Victory Corporation founder Frank (Chris Pine). The historic La Quinta Resort & Club appears as Victory’s community clubhouse and pool. And the Palm Springs Visitor Centera former Enco service station designed by Albert Frey in 1965, also makes a brief appearance.