A utopian mystery/thriller where everything is not what it seems in paradise.
The synopsis for the film is: Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles) are lucky to be living in the idealized community of Victory, the experimental company town housing the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families.
The 1950’s societal optimism espoused by their CEO, Frank (Chris Pine) equal parts corporate visionary and motivational life coach, anchors every aspect of daily life in the tight-knit desert utopia.
While the husbands spend every day inside the Victory Project Headquarters, working on the “development of progressive materials,” their wives, including Frank’s elegant partner, Shelley (Gemma Chan) get to spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury, and debauchery of their community.
Life is perfect, with every resident’s needs met by the company. All they ask in return is discretion and unquestioning commitment to the Victory cause.
But when cracks in their idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something much more sinister lurking beneath the attractive façade, Alice can’t help questioning exactly what they’re doing in Victory, and why.
Just how much is Alice willing to lose to expose what’s really going on in this paradise?
This movie looks fantastic.
Victory, the fictional desert oasis this film takes place in, is a gorgeous little 1950s inspired American suburb; the costumes, the food, the houses, they all look great, and you’d be forgiven to for seeing the appeal of a place like it.
Florence Pugh and Harry Styles play the lead roles in this, Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, who also directs, and Gemma Chan are the supporting actors.
I don’t think you could have a more beautiful cast.
The film starts off like The Stepford Wives and about halfway through it takes a turn and I won’t comment on that as it is best for people to go into this movie with less knowledge.
Florence Pugh (Midsommar) is amazing in this it really is her movie.
There are some scenes that look so good, I almost wanted them to go on longer just to spend a little more time in these places (i.e., The dance hall, the clubhouse).
My Rating: 8/10