After all, ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ is a movie about suits

“I really put my man hat on for this,” Phillips told Weekly entertainment, characterizing her costuming process for the men in the film. “It’s not just how men idealize women, but also how they see themselves. The way Jack chooses to dress really leaned into that rat pack of the early ’60s in terms of the flawless suit and the casual wear and that whole archetype. This is really about gender roles and about a time when there were these societal expectations. So that idea of ​​the perfect wife, mother, lover, who has to be all those things. But the same mindset is, how Jack presents himself and how all men present themselves as their most virile, handsome selves.” While Don’t worry honey never quite stops tripping over its own feminism, there’s something about the way its visual world-building, the suits and dresses, and the mid-century modern milieu of it all still feels appealing, even now, after all that.

But the fact that it turns out – once again, spoilers—Victory is actually a modern-day simulation of 50s suburbia populated by yassified volunteer cyborgs and their unwilling plus-one, Frank (who Wilde said they based “on this insane man, Jordan Petersonwho is this pseudo-intellectual hero of the incel community”) and his tieless suit probably have more in common with the countless egocentric leaders of the 2020s than those of the 1960s, when nouveau politicians like John F. Kennedy inadvertently phased out hats of American men’s daily wardrobe.But especially in the last decade or so, the no-tie look has become de rigueur for men in power, from civil servants to tech guys to corporate executives, to convey a kind of down-home, hard-working friendliness via their outfit choices. On the other hand, the “airbag” has become something of a neoliberal business card; all seven world leaders at this year’s G7 summit eschewed ties for their annual “family photo” up. (That said, according to Newton’s third law, the ties are back!)

When Frank shows up to the dinner party – without a tie – to try to save his simulation, it’s his 21st century masculinity that shows through Victory’s sloppy seams. Each era has its designations.

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