This weekend we are showing a brilliant new film I had hoped to bring to the film festival this summer but it wasn’t available at that time — and now it is!
The movie is “Don’t Worry Darling”, and in my humble opinion, it is a masterwork of cinema art, a film unlike anything else you’ll see this year. It’s by the director Olivia Wilde, whose first film, “Booksmart” we brought here in 2019 to the great delight of all who saw it. This is Olivia’s second film and it is going to both entertain you and shake you up! I literally can’t get it out of my head since I saw it.
The story is set in the 1950s in the perfect company town with perfect families and perfect jobs. Even the name of the town is perfect: Victory.
Except, as is often the case when people have convinced themselves they’ve created their own little Utopia, what they don’t want to admit is what’s really going on is some pretty serious dystopia. Women are kept in their “perfect” place. The men all have good jobs working on a project for the government that nobody seems to be able to talk about. Bit by bit the screw turns — and down into the rabbit hole we go. Starring Florence Pugh (Midsommar, Little Women) as Alice Chambers, a young housewife in this idyllic California town who begins to notice things aren't so perfect with her town, or with her husband (played by pop star Harry Styles in his first leading role). The tension ratchets up, moments of dark humor come into play and the narrative which everyone in Victory is required to accept starts to unravel.
“Don’t Worry Darling” also stars Chris Pine, Gemma Chan and Nick Kroll.
I’m guessing most people are too busy here in Traverse City to follow the Hollywood gossip surrounding this movie. My advice: Don’t. Unless you’re into listening to the last (hopefully) vestiges of Hollywood misogyny, sexism and resistance toward turning the director’s chair over to too many women. Yes, it is 2022 and one would like to think that that bs was over and we could accept now that many of the best films these days are being made by women. . Perhaps not. Perhaps we have a short ways still to go. It does make you wonder that, if up until just a few years ago when Hollywood would only let three or four women a year make a movie, how many hundreds of great movies have we missed out on in the last 120 years?! What a shame. What a crime.
We are proud to present Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” here at our State Theatre. Thanks to Warner Bros. for making this provocative, incendiary movie — and here’s to all the women out there who might be thinking they should make their own movie, too. And with that, I’d like to think we are living in an exciting time.
Hope to see you this weekend!
All my best,
State Theatre: Don't Worry Darling
Friday and Saturday: 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm
Sunday: 1pm and 4pm
P.S. The Saturday morning kids matinees are back. This weekend we’re showing The Secret Life of Pets 2. Max and his friends are back, this time dealing with another new little addition to the family! When Max's anxieties send him to a country farm, a weathered farm dog will teach him to believe in himself. With the voices of Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, and Harrison Ford, The Secret Life of Pets is a delightful sequel about family and facing your fears. Come join us Saturday at 10 am. ALL TICKETS JUST $1.