The year’s most talked-about film (for all the wrong reasons) has finally arrived. Don’t Worry Darling is now in theatres, following rumors of feuds, on-set affairs, spitting, and one of the most awkward red carpet lineups in history.
Housewife Alice (Florence Pugh) unravels her seemingly idyllic 1950s suburban life with her husband, Jack, in the psychological thriller (Harry Styles). From the trailers, it was clear that there would be a twist, similar to the film that clearly served as inspiration for the film, The Stepford Wives. It’s not the exact same twist, but it’s close.
When these elements are combined with The Truman Show, the ending is riddled with plot holes, rushed explanations, and a reveal that was obvious from the beginning of the film.
Don’t worry if some of the twists and turns went over your head, darling. Here’s an explanation of the ending of Don’t Worry Darling in all its girl boss, gaslight, and gatekeeper glory.
Is Victory a Real Thing?
Alice is taken to receive extensive electric shock therapy after causing enough chaos to disrupt the dinner party during which she confronts Frank (Chris Pine) and gets her ass handed to her by his wife, Shelley (Gemma Chan). Alice begs Jack to accompany her on her escape, and Jack agrees.
But it’s all a ruse to get Alice into the car so she can be dragged away by men dressed like the guards from Squid Game but without the PlayStation mask. We witness Alice undergoing shock therapy, and we finally get all of the answers we’ve been looking for.
We see real-world situations. Alice plays an overworked surgeon who lives with her boyfriend, Jack, who is played by incel Harry Styles, complete with a greasy cowlick and Edward Snowden glasses. Real-world Jack has lost his job, but Alice is willing to work more shifts at the hospital to help him out.
When Alice gets home, Jack, who appears to have done nothing but work on his computer all day, expects her to prepare dinner despite the fact that she has just worked 30 hours. Jack clearly resents Alice for being the breadwinner, but he also expects her to do the housework – a non-existent sex life is also implied to add insult to injury.
It is clear that real-world Jack is tired of living in a bleak, Girlboss world where the woman is the one who returns home after a long day. Don’t Worry Darling review: The drama surrounding the relationships between the cast and crew of this film
Alice Gets Her Retribution
After the EST, Alice returns to Victory in all her former glory, but something isn’t quite right because she immediately has a flashback to her real life. Bunny (Olivia Wilde) is overjoyed to have her back and to be able to nurse Alice’s memory back to health.
When Alice is cooking dinner for Jack, Jack sings the recurring song that triggers Alice’s memory of her real life, causing her to have a full-fledged breakdown that zaps her mind back to her real-world self. The origins of Victory are then explained.
After listening to Frank’s manifesto tapes, real-world Jack (looking even more incel) goes through the selection process to be chosen for Victory. Later, Jack returns to their apartment, which is locked.
He tends to Alice’s body, which is hooked up to a machine, with her eyes pulled open Clockwork Orange-style, confirming that Victory is all a simulation – as if the first trailer didn’t make it clear.
Back in Victory, the real Alice confronts Jack about her entrapment. Jack claims she is unsatisfied, but she defends her job, her choices, and her free time. It’s then explained that when the Victory men go to “work,” they’re actually returning to the real world, where they can earn money to pay for the Victory simulation.
A screaming match ensues, with Pugh delivering some excellent acting while Styles… yeah. When Jack tries to strangle Alice (around her stomach? ), Alice kills him by smashing a glass over his head. Bunny discovers the bloody scene, and Alice reveals the truth about Victory to her.
Bunny admits that she is aware and that she chose this life in order to be with her children in the simulation, implying that they died in real life. Bunny encourages Alice to flee before they kill her, as Bunny has willingly remained inside the simulation, knowing full well the truth of their situation.
When Alice walks out into the street with Jack’s blood on her, all the wives’ suspicions seem to be confirmed, finally waking up to the reality of their existence and the betrayal of their husbands, including Shelley, who stabs Frank, declaring that it’s “my turn” now. The victory gives in to the chaos it has always sought to avoid.
Alice Escapes From Victory
A car chase ensues between Alice and the Squid Game guards. Alice dashes to the Headquarters that we saw her visit earlier in the film, only to be zapped back to her bedroom with no memory of how she got there. It’s obvious that this is a way to… reset?
Should I leave the game? Using magic to transport? Die? Who knows, because the script does not. Alice rushes out of Victory and back into her real body.
Alice causes the guards and Dr. Collins (Timothy Simons) to crash, and just before leaving Victory, she reminisces on the genuine love she thought she had with Jack, recalling them telling each other that they’d always be together.
Alice flees the simulation before the guards can apprehend her. The screen goes black, but we can hear Alice in the real world waking up, gasping for air.