‘Don’t Worry Darling’: Ending and Plot Explained (Spoilers)

Warning: This post contains numerous spoilers for the ending of Don’t Worry Darling. Don’t read if you haven’t seen the movie.

“Don’t Worry Darling” received a lot of publicity prior to its release, from director Olivia Wilde’s comments about Shia LaBeouf to the “Spitgate” incident between Harry Styles and Chris Pine and various other dramas. But throughout all the pre-opening drama, the film’s plot remained unknown.

After the trailer premiered, audiences could see that the premise was a Stepford Wives-like society, where women had traditional roles in a sunny utopian society. As viewers watched the film, they saw this story expand as Florence Pugh’s Alice character began to realize that something was amiss in the peaceful community of Victory. But as events unfold, it gets a little harder to tell what’s really going on, and the ending left more than a few moviegoers scratching their heads.

Some of the confusion might be because the original script that ended up being blacklisted in 2019 was quite different. According to insiders, Dick Van Dyke’s grandsons Carey and Shane Van Dyke’s screenplay was rewritten by Booksmart screenwriter Katie Silberman, which made significant changes. Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening in Don’t Worry Darling, as far as we can tell.

The structure: Viewers are probably aware that while Victory may look like a 1950s community, that’s not the case actually take place during this time. The characters have a looser approach to sex and nudity than one would expect from that downtrodden decade (one scene features a topless woman roaming the communal pool), and there are no specific cultural references to the time. It turns out pretty soon that KiKi Layne’s character Margaret, one of the few POCs in the community, was kidnapped by unseen forces after she questioned the system too much.

The twist explained: After Alice repeatedly questions what’s going on in Victory – and why nothing is real, including the eggs she cracks that contain nothing – it turns out that the Victory Project is a simulation, something like an advanced virtual reality . Alice and her husband Jack (Harry Styles) actually live in the real world in a modest apartment. Alice works late at night in a hospital and is often too tired to show any affection to Jack when she gets home. Jack is unemployed. Alice’s work schedule and Jack’s aimlessness have driven a wedge between them, and Jack feels neglected by Alice. Jack spends his days listening to online videos of an Incel-like internet personality named Frank (Chris Pine), who has developed advanced technology that allows men and women to live in a simulation of a 1950’s utopian community Life.

Although not shown explicitly, it is heavily implied that Jack, feeling completely alienated from Alice and wanting to remain in control of her, kidnaps her and holds her against her will so they can both enter the simulation and live happier lives . Alice has no autonomy in this decision. A montage shows Jack signing up for the Victory simulation and choosing to give himself a British identity within the fake world.

Once Jack catches Alice, he straps her to the bed and uses some futuristic technology to upload her into the Victory simulation. Jack uses the same technology to voluntarily enter the simulation. Jack is aware of his real self in the simulation, but Alice and the other women are not. It is implied that all of these women are being held captive by their toxic male partners and uploaded into the sim so they can be the perfect wives. The only woman who knows what’s going on is Bunny (Olivia Wilde), who reveals that she agreed to sign up for the real-world Victory Project after her children died. In the simulation, Bunny has two children (well, virtual children) and lives happily ever after. Bunny never told Alice the truth.

The attack: Once Alice becomes aware of the above information, she becomes rogue and stabs Jack with a butcher knife. Bunny shows up and explains that if someone gets killed in the simulation, they die in real life too. When Alice emerges from the simulation (which is accomplished by going to Victory HQ and touching a window that acts as an exit portal of sorts), she can uncover the men’s criminal acts. Victor’s security henchman shows up trying to kill Alice so her real body never wakes up and reveals the truth about the project.

The escape: In the final scene, Alice grabs Jack’s car and races across the desert to Victory’s headquarters to get away from all the misogynistic Mishegas once and for all. Frank listens to the chase updates, but is stabbed by his wife (Gemma Chan), who tells him, “Now it’s my turn.” It’s unclear if Frank’s wife was like Bunny and knew the truth about Victory or not. She either didn’t know the truth and killed her husband for holding her captive, or she knew the truth and killed her husband so she could play the victim card in the real world and not be responsible for any crimes.

When Alice reaches Victory headquarters, she sees a vision of Jack telling her to stay in Victory and be with him. She doesn’t listen and instead touches the glass, which presumably teleports her consciousness back into her real body. When Alice touches the glass, the film ends abruptly. The final shot of the film is a black screen. The viewer hears a woman gasp, signifying that she has woken up in the real world.

A burning question you may still have: What did the black-and-white interludes of Busby Berkeley-style synchronized dancers mean? In one scene you’ll miss, a video of these dancers is projected onto the ceiling above the real Alice and she is strapped to the bed against her will. It appears that this video plays in an infinite loop and is part of the technology used to upload Alice into the Victory sim, almost like a form of hypnosis to keep Alice unconscious.

Another burning question you may still have: What did the men in Victory do all day when they all knew they were living in a simulation? In the simulation, the men go to work all day claiming they are developing “advanced materials.” It’s meant to be ambiguous, but things get a little confusing when Jack tells Alice after she learns the truth about Victory that he hates going to work and also feels miserable. Jack hating his 9-to-5 job means that the men of victory go to headquarters every day (that’s where you see them driving, after all) and leave the sim for their real jobs and keep their incarcerated wives reasonably sane (A montage shows the real Jack, for example, watering the real Alice’s dry lips because she is bedridden). Perhaps the small earthquakes that happen in Victory are the result of the portal sending the men in and out of the simulation.

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/dont-worry-darling-ending-explained-1235381770/ ‘Don’t Worry Darling’: Ending and Plot Explained (Spoilers)

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