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Semester Change Thoughts

By: Mia Allen 

A fresh start. A new chapter. A new semester. These are all words that come to my head as I think about the final exams and changing classes for the new semester. As a freshman, this will be my first time doing this, and truthfully, the change in semesters can be intimidating. The fact that we’re already at the start of the second semester is a testament to how this year is flying by, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. This change is inevitable, but it affects people in different ways. 

Whether you are excited or nervous about the new semester, change can be a good thing. People react to change differently, and there are many different coping strategies you can use to help. Some ways one can cope with the change of semesters include taking steps to understand what next semester will be like. You can walk by your classes, so you know where to go and you can talk to your new teachers during lunch. Another way to cope with change is by having a positive mindset. For Example, “I have a class with my friend this semester” or “I’m so excited to read these books in English class!” Your mindset affects a lot of what you do. Grand Canyon University stated, “When children believe that their abilities can be developed, they can understand their natural development and talent are just the beginning.” This quote displays that a mindset can motivate you in your classes and help you reach your goals. Lastly, you can make realistic goals. A good example of this is, trying to ask questions so you can get a 95 on your science test, because science is not your best subject.

Now, semester change is not something everyone can agree on, but should we have it? 

According to Corwin.com, 80% of students find block scheduling positive. At Cary High, we accelerated block scheduling, which means four classes for the first semester and four different courses during the second semester. University of the People found that block scheduling allows for less homework, more focus, and longer planning periods for teachers. They also found some negative aspects of block scheduling. They found that this leads to a loss of community, fast-paced classes, and a struggle to catch up if you miss school. Students who miss school in a fast-paced environment can negatively affect their grades. The National Center For Education Statistics says, “Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance.” There are many sides people can take on this issue, and there are plenty of pros and cons to back up each argument. 

Now that we have looked at ways to cope with the new semester change and if this type of schedule is good or bad, we have to realize the new semester will inevitably come. So, we should keep an open mind about what this semester could bring, and take some time over the weekend to prepare for Monday and come in with confidence.

Basketball Season is Almost Over— Come and Support the Imps Program Before it’s too Late!

Article, Photography, and Videography by Alex Manuel

The Imps have only six more games until postseason basketball, and only three remain at home. The team’s record sits at an unimposing 7-11, proving that the Imps still have some work to do if they want to have a chance at making a run in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) State Playoffs. 

Fortunately for the Imps, they are coming off of two important conference wins over Middle Creek and Green Level. This was the Gator’s first conference loss of the season, this game versus Cary went into two overtime periods before the Imps could pull in front before the clock hit zero. 

See Highlights of the Middle Creek Game Here: 

The Men’s Varsity team defeated their past two opponents with a combined total of nine points, showing the team’s ability to maintain their composure when the game is close and the clock is running out of time. When asked how the team was able to win these close games, forward Zack Chavis (#5) stated, “We stay together and rally using our team chemistry.” Chavis and guards Brishawn Haywood (#2) and Damarion Ford (#1) have played three years together in the Imps Basketball Program.

(Zack Chavis Drives to the Basket Against Willow Springs on December 2, 2022.)

The Men’s Varsity team has a record of 4-4 in the Southwest Wake 4A Conference (SWAC), placing them in a tie for 3rd place. The SWAC contains some of the best teams in the state, so if the Imps close out the season strong, they will have a very high chance of making state playoffs. Furthermore, there are only three home games left for the Imps, so come and see what the excitement is all about, and experience why basketball is one of the many great reasons to visit the Imp Dome!

At the Game

In the Imp Dome, there is much more to do than simply watch the game. At each game, tons of students pack the stands to form “Gang Green,” which is made up of the Cary crazies, who get loud and have lots of fun at games. Student section leader Brady Blalock described that the highlight of many games is “the hype when we make a big play,” which leads students to create positive memories with each other outside of the classroom. 

This Friday, January 20th, there will be a halftime performance by the Cary High IMPulse dance club, and halftimes during the remaining home games will include performances by the IMPressive dance team and the Cary High Cheerleaders, who are hard at work every game.

(Cheerleader Maddie Goodman Flies during Tuesday’s Game Against Green Level.)

The last three home games for the Men’s Varsity Basketball Team are Friday, January 20th, at 8:00 pm against Apex High, Friday, February 3rd, at 6:00 pm against Apex Friendship, and Tuesday, February 7th, at 6:00 pm against Panther Creek High. This week’s game against Apex is a special one because it is the last home “Quad” game of the year. All four of Cary High’s Basketball Teams will be in action starting at 3:30 pm with Women’s JV, followed by Men’s JV, Women’s Varsity, and finally Men’s Varsity. 

Come and help the Imps finish their season off strongly! We look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming sporting events and will have more coverage as the season goes along. GO IMPS!

Rare Comet will Pass Earth for the First Time in 50,000 years

By: Avery Phillips 

Mark your calendars: On January 12th, there will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get a clear view of Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF). Only appearing every 50,000 years, the greenish-blue comet will make its closest approach to the sun just before midnight on January 12th, although it will remain visible with binoculars throughout the rest of the month. In photographs released by NASA, the comet can be seen to have a long, glowing tail of dust and energized particles traveling behind it—a truly beautiful sight to see.

The comet was first discovered using the Zwicky Transient Facility’s wide-field survey camera at the Palomar Observatory in San Diego County, California. These cameras scan a 50-square-degree area of the sky nightly. Then, a Caltech machine searches for “fuzzy” appearing objects that are likely to be moving comets. C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was initially believed to be an asteroid, but its departure from the inner orbit of Jupiter indicated that it was indeed a comet. 

C/2022 E3 (ZTF) follows a wide orbit around the solar system, causing its appearance to be an extremely rare occurrence. To provide some perspective, the Earth was in the midst of the Ice Age when the comet was last visible on Earth, with Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals still roaming the planet. The comet may never be visible from Earth again, as it has the potential to accumulate enough energy to project itself out of our solar system. Hence, you should seize the opportunity to see it while you can!

Happy viewing!

The Page: Holiday Edition

This holiday season, The Page staff collaborated to create a physical newspaper! Click the link below to view the online version, or stop by Ms. Jessee’s room for a physical copy (first come, first serve).

Online Holiday Newspaper

 The Best is Yet to Come

 By: Luca Muehlbauer

This soccer season was a rough one for the Imps. But there was plenty of action. Throughout the season there were plenty of goals, fouls, and winning, but not enough to go to the playoffs this year. The varsity team had a bumpy start in the conference, losing their first 6 games, but they bounced back throughout the rest of the season ending with a record of 4-4 within the conference. The season ended with a loss to Middle Creek, had they won the game they may have made the playoffs. 

Led by Coach Kerrigan, the varsity team had a great second half of the season. Kerrigan had led the men’s varsity team to a conference championship in the 2019-2020 season and also coached at the collegiate level for 11 years at NC State. Kerrigan states, “The last 4 weeks we went 4-4 in the conference, and if we had done that the whole season we would have made the playoffs.” This team was clearly capable of making it to the playoffs, and unfortunately, their record did not show it. 

This season the varsity team was primarily made up of seniors, the team had 13 seniors overall. That is an extremely high amount of seniors and during the season you could really see that players trusted the seniors to be there for them. For example, both captains were seniors. They provided great leadership to the players. In addition, the team had a strong defense made of almost all seniors, three out of the four players on the defensive line were seniors. 

Next season there is a lot of hope for the varsity team. There may be 13 players leaving the team due to graduation but there’s still plenty of talent on this team. The JV team had a fantastic season this past year. Hopefully some of that talent can transfer onto the varsity squad and hopefully, the returning varsity players will lead the team to victory. For example, Hudson Stevens and Santiago Escobar, probably some of the rising stars from this past season will be coming back for another shot at making the playoffs. Kerrigan said that some of her goals were “To have as many guys as possible to come to voluntary training in the summer.” She is hoping to get a look at all the players and learn more about the players well before the season officially begins. Additionally, she is hoping this will help her choose the correct team for the season. It can also help the team itself build chemistry for the season. 

In spite of all the strength the team had this season, they still did have some struggles, Kerrigan stated that a big issue was that many players didn’t join the team till August-“We had different guys out at different times, and that hurt us in terms of developing a team rhythm.” Many players this season had personal issues or just came late into the season. Many injuries affected the team’s rhythm. The starting lineup was always changing for the first month due to these sudden changes. Kerrigan said that this was a huge hurdle for them. 

This team has so much potential and hopefully, they will have more success next season. It was a very fun and entertaining season. All the games were aggressive and we always gave it our all. This coming season as Kerrigan said, we would love to see more people at the summer training. It can help the coaches get to know you and see how you play, and it also helps the team’s chemistry. The bonding between the players is an essential aspect of the game. So if you can come to some training sessions this summer for the team that would be great! It might be just what we need to win next season. Go Imps!

Cary Student Bucket List

By: CHS The Page Writing Staff

At Cary High School, we have so many traditions and inside jokes that contribute to our school culture! At our club meeting on October 26, our members brainstormed a Cary Student Bucket List to get the full student experience!

  • Attend a PTA evening event 
  • Attend a performing arts concert (Musical, Improve, Green Tie Gala)
  • Get posted on the Cary High Instagram page
  • Get involved in spirit parade
  • Start a new club
  • Get Free cafeteria pizza
  • Step in Goose poop
  • Paint the bus
  • Participate in a pep rally
  • Donate to a fundraising drive
  • Finish Drivers Ed!
  • Get a free item from the Church
  • Buying their class t-shirt
  • Engage in the student section!
  • Receive a Singing Valentine or Santagram
  • Volunteer in a community service project
  • Participate in spirit days

And of course, most importantly,

  • Take a swim in the pool on top of the 2000 building

How many have you done?

Pakistan Ravaged by Floods

By: Marwan Arafa 

Never before seen floods have affected the south Asian nation of Pakistan, which is hit, along with many other Asian nations, with annual monsoons that bring in seasonal rain and flooding. However, this year, with effects brought on by Climate Change, Pakistan is suffering from an amount of floods that have never been recorded in history which has nearly a third of the country underwater. With 33 million people affected in the country of 220 million and nearly 7.9 million displaced according to Reuters. These events will not only cause short term, but also long term effects on the nation. It is predicted by Rescue.org that Pakistan will suffer an economic loss of $12.5 billion as a direct result of the destruction caused by the flooding. 

Furthermore, western media does not cover the Pakistani deluge as well as it covers topics such as the Russia-Ukraine war. The connections between the massive floods and global warming has been rarely reported on and the amount of limited coverage only brings up the thought of there being an agenda of the media, to cover a topic such as the war raging in Eastern Russia every day, consistently and without stop, and not cover properly massive flooding that has impacted more than 30 million citizens, displaced millions, killed thousands, and submerged a third of the nation underwater. 

While the suffering of the Ukrainian people in the continuing war is no less important, the dichotomy of the reporting of the flooding in Pakistan and the war in Ukraine is hard to doubt and adds to the case of the Ukrainian war overshadowing a major event such as that in Pakistan.

The Ups and Downs of International Soccer

By: Luca Muehlbauer

[Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

The World Cup, which will be held in Qatar, is coming up. The tournament is set to start on the 20th of November, and just the past week we had the last international break- when club teams take an extended break for national teams to play matches, usually friendlies- before the World Cup. There have been many injuries, losses and wins during this two week span. Some things have been surprising while others have been more or less normal. In this article the biggest surprises of this past international break and which teams are looking the strongest coming into the World Cup will be reported on.

The Strong Teams:

Belgium: They have been in the top 10 for the past 4-6 years. They have some of the best players on their squad and this world cup will most likely be that last for many of them. Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Thibaut Courtois are the stars of the team. They will be the leaders for this wonderful team. However this past international break has not been so great. Lukaku has been out with an injury so he did not play and they only won one out of the two games. They lost to the Netherlands in their final game of the break. They are still a strong team and if they can get Lukaku back, they will probably still be a favorite to win. Many players will be putting everything they got in this world cup because it will most likely be their last. 

Brazil: Many say this could be their sixth world cup win. With the team they have this year, I don’t doubt it. They have an amazing attack starting with Neymar and Vinicius and Richarlison. But that isn’t all, they have plenty others who can do damage to the opposing team. Their defense is led by Thiago Silva and Marquinhos who are both very strong defenders and their midfield is led by Casemiro. Those are just the headline players but the whole starting eleven is scary to look at, they have a very strong team that could easily go all the way. This past international break has really shown that they are a favorite, with their last friendly being a 5-1 win vs Tunisia, it is hard not to choose them to win the world cup. 

Argentina: They are always a favorite and especially this year. This coming World Cup will most likely be Lionel Messi’s last world cup. He will be giving it his all to win it for his country, but that isn’t the only thing Argentina has. They have many other stars including Lautaro Martinez, Rodrigo De Paul, Paulo Dybala, and Lisandro Martinez. This past international break really showed it too, their record keeps on going as they have a 35 game unbeaten streak going into the world cup and they took two wins in the friendlies. They beat Jamaica and Honduras. Both games they won 3-0. They may have been simple games but  they did look really good and ready for this coming World Cup. 

Germany: Germany is always a frightful team to come against in any game. They always have great players and a great team. They just came off a decent international break with a tie and a loss. They weren’t the best results but they did show against England that they can be a great team. This coming World Cup will be tough for them with a young squad, but hopefully their veterans can help them get to where they want to be. Their last world cup did not go as planned but they want to avenge their performance in this coming World Cup, so they will be hoping to get to the knockout stage at least. 

The Interesting Teams:

Uruguay: Uruguay are not a favorite to win the world cup but they will definitely put on a fight for whoever comes across them. They do have a strong team but it won’t be enough. They have a very strong attack with Luis Suarez and Darwin Núñez, their midfield is a little weak but aggressive which helps them quite a bit. But they do lose possession quite a bit, their star is Valverde in the midfield but he plays more wide so in the middle they have trouble. Defensively, they are pretty strong in the central possession but now with an injury to Ronald Araujo everything can change and the backs are good but not great, they lack confidence and don’t have much experience. They are coming off a big win against Canada but they also lost to Iran, which was not very good. They will be in a tough group so they will have to give it their all to make it to the knockout stage this coming World Cup. 

Denmark: Denmark is a tough team, they have a great spirit when they play and they are known for some heroic runs in tournaments. Now, with Christian Eriksen back they could be making another huge run in this world cup. They are not a favorite to win it but they can win some big games and make it far into the knockout stage. They don’t have the best squad in the world but they have good leadership and they will do anything to win. They put it all on the field. This past international break they looked very good. They won a huge game against France, but then they lost to Croatia as well. So they could potentially make a big run in this coming World Cup. 

Netherlands: Netherlands are known for being a great team and almost winning it all . The Netherlands have the most final appearances (3) without winning a world cup. This world cup will not be different. They have a strong team especially on defense with Van Dijk and De Ligt in the center. Then they have Memphis Depay in the attack and if Frenkie De Jong comes back from injury they will have him in the midfield. Sadly Georginio Wijnaldum will not be able to participate in this coming world cup due to injury so they will have to rely on De Jong. They are coming off a very good International break. They beat Belgium and Poland. They are looking like a strong team but it is known that they have trouble winning the big tournaments so this coming World Cup they will try and bring the glory home and prove the doubters wrong. 

Spain: Spain is a favorite to win the world cup but many people have their doubts about them. They had a sketchy few games this past break with a loss to Switzerland  (but they did beat Portugal). They do look like a strong team with Alvora Morata and Ferran Torres in the attack. The midfield is really their strength where they have Pedri, Rodri and Sergio Busquets. On the defense they are quite weak. They are missing many of their stars including Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique from the last world cup. Both of them are older and most likely wouldn’t be able to lead them. They are missing players, they don’t have much depth on defense or attack. They must control the midfield if they want to win this World Cup. 

The Problematic Teams: 

United States: They are not looking good. They have come off a terrible display against Japan and Saudi Arabia where overall they only had 2 shots on target and both of those shots came against Saudi Arabia. They lost to Japan 2-0 and tied to Saudi Arabia 0-0. They lack depth in their squad. They will not go very far in the World Cup. They will most likely make it to the knockout stage but they will probably be out quickly. Giovanni Reyna is injury prone, he is always injured and doesn’t stay healthy. They have Christian Pulisic but he is very inconsistent and Weston Mckinnie and Ricardo Pepi just are on and off as well. They have plenty of other youngsters like Brenden Aaronson that have no experience so you can’t really trust them. It’s a very young team that won’t live up to the hope. They will be out early and they will have to hope for the next one in 2026.  

England: They are supposed to be one of the favorites but this past international break they did so poorly that they were dropped to Nations league B. They have not been playing well and the thing that is killing them is the lineup Gareth Southgate ( He is the manager for the England national team)  is choosing. He is starting players by pretty much his relationship with them. He has chosen Kieran Trippier over Trent Alexander-Arnold and he keeps starting Harry Maguire which hasn’t been working either. England has many problems and their main problem is that they are not choosing the right lineup. They have to make a lot of changes and doing it in the world cup is not smart. But when they are in a situation like this, they may have to. 

Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t the answer anymore. They need to find someone they can rely on day in and day out. Portugal is having trouble on the attacking end because they rely on Ronaldo too much. He isn’t the player he used to be. He is still a great player but they need someone else. They may sometimes get a good game from Joao Felix or Bruno Fernandes but they are inconsistent. They have a strong midfield and defense that can hold them to a certain point but then they need options up top, which at the moment they don’t have. They need someone fast. This World Cup will be a tough one for them. 

Mexico: Mexico is a very young team, they are sort of like the United States but a little better. They overall want it more and they may be able to make it to the knockout stage and get an upset. But, overall they don’t have much on their team. They don’t have much talent in their attack, and their defense and midfield isn’t what it used to be. Diego Lainez and Raul Jimenez are their star players, they have to really step it up if they want to win a couple of games. They will be very nervous coming into the world cup and it will be tough for them to adjust. They will have to play big teams as well which may give them quite a bit of trouble in the World Cup.  

Other Teams:

Senegal: They have a strong team and are coming off a big tournament win in the African cup of Nations. They are considered the best African team at the moment. They also have many top players. For example, Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy. All these players are currently playing in Europe. Mendy and Koulibaly are on the same team in Chelsea, while Sadio Mane is in Germany with Bayern. This is a very strong team that is very courageous. They have a great bond with each other. They are always happy as well and if they stay together and work hard it is possible that they can make it to the knockout stage. 

South Korea: South Korea is a strong team but they have a very tough group. They have their star player in Son Heung-Min, who is a very good player and is always in top form. The team is very cheerful and they did have a huge upset against Germany in the last world cup to knock them out. This year they will be hoping to make it farther than the knockout stage. This team is now more experienced and they will be hoping to make a better run. 

This World Cup will bring out a lot of glory and pain. Many teams will succeed and many teams will not. This World Cup will not be the same as usual, but it will still have the competitive spirit from the teams and there will still be blood, sweat and tears every game. Each team will give it their all, making this World Cup one to remember.

The Russian Draft

By: Mia Allen

Alexey Malgavko/Reuters

The highly publicized war between Ukraine and Russia, which began on February 24 of this year, has been raging for about seven months now. Vladimir Putin has recently sent out a draft that will add 300,000 people to the Russian army. Firstly, what is a draft? Usa.gov states that a draft is “The mandatory enrollment of individuals into the armed forces.” This draft came as a surprise, causing many Russians to resist their government. The draft was originally put off because of potential backlash, but Putin was pressured by pro-war supporters. The pro-war Russians are not pleased with the way that Putin is implementing the draft because they feel that the draftees lack proper military training.  

The draft is affecting more indigenous Russian groups like the Yukaghirs and the Sakha’s.  The main problem in these areas is the numbers of which these men are being drafted. The New York Times stated, “And even a member of the Russian parliament who represents the region, Sardana V. Avksentiev wrote on social media on Thursday that she had heard of a 300 person village in which 47 men were called up.” (Troianovski,10)  This is leading to a sense of panic for the smaller communities. In another statement made by the New York Times, “Kirill Shamiev, who studies Russian civil-military relations at the Central European University in Vienna, said that it was because remote areas and marginalized groups were seen as less likely to protest.” (Trioanovski,15)  

    The draft has also caused a state of fear among the Russian people.  Massive amounts of people are leaving Russia. New York Times wrote, “Protests have erupted in far- flung cities, recruitment centers have been the target of arson, and thousand of military-age men have packed planes and vehicles to flee across Russia’s borders.”(Hopkins, Bengali, Yuhas, 3)  It is now estimated that over 260,000 men have left Russia because of the draft. Russian men are crossing the border into Mongolia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Finland. Now the amount of Russians entering Georgia has doubled since the implementation of this draft. The president of Kazakhstan, Kassym Jomart Tokayev said, “ In recent days, many people from Russia have been coming to us. Most forced to leave the country because of the current hopeless situation. We must take care of them and ensure their safety. This is a political and humanitarian issue.” Kazakhstan also is not sending any refugees back that are coming from Russia.  There are also rumors that Russia will close their borders to Military aged men. In a region called North Ossetia they are setting up draft offices at the border so they can hand people draft papers forcing them to stay in the country. 

    The Kremlin is taking into account that there are problems with the draft, but they are placing blame on local officials for trying to mobilize resistant citizens. Some other regions are taking matters into their own hands and are trying to fix the problems.  Citizens of Russia are retaliating because of the draft order. In Irkutsk there was a shooting at a draft office and 18 arson attempts at draft offices and government buildings across the country. As we watch from the other side of the war, we shall witness if this draft is successful or if Putin’s military plans will be impacted by a lack of new personnel. 

Sources: 

Troianvski, Anton. “Putin’s Draft Draws Resistance in Russia Far-Flung Regions.” nytimes.com, 23 Sept. 2022, www.nytimes.com/2022/09/23/world/europe/russia-draft-ukraine-putin.html.

Hopkins, Valerie, et al. “Russia Admits to Draft Problems as Anger Flares Into Violence.” nytimes.com, 26 Sept. 2022, www.nytimes.com/2022/09/26/world/europe/russia-draft-ukraine-shooting.html.

Light, Felix. “Desperation on Russia’s Borders as Draft-Eligible Men Flee.” reuters.com, 27 Sept. 2022, www.reuters.com/world/europe/desperation-russias-borders-draft-eligible-men-flee-2022-09-27.

Romashova, Olya. “I Won’t Go and Kill My Brothers! Russians Set Fire to Draft Centres.” opendemocracy.net, 29 Sept. 2022, www.opendemocracy.net/en/odr/russia-mobilisation-ukraine-draft-centre-arson-protest.

usa.gov. “Selective Service | USAGov.” Selective Service | USAGov, 21 June 2022, www.usa.gov/selective-service#:~:text=The%20Draft,case%20of%20a%20national%20emergency.

Don’t Worry Darling Review

By Colleen Bailey

Don't Worry Darling is a finely manicured, unsettling movie - Finally,  Harry Styles' movie lead debut has arrived. Here's our review.

Don’t Worry Darling was once the most anticipated movie of the year but has recently become the topic of cheap gossip columns. From a director-actor affair to the casting of an alleged abuser to a spitting incident, the heated drama overshadows the film itself. But what of the movie, lost amidst rumors and Hollywood speculation?

Don’t Worry Darling aimed to be a profound social commentary on patriarchal society but lands closer to an entertaining yet inconsequential psychological thriller. The film is set in a utopian 1950’s community located in sunny California. Every day, men drive to work in their shiny Chevy convertibles leaving the women to cook, clean, and drink at home. Every house is nearly identical with a painted white façade, a perfectly trimmed yard, and pastel mid-century modern furniture within. Every evening, dinner parties are hosted, and exorbitant amounts of alcohol are consumed. And every day the cycle repeats. 

The downfall of this film can be attributed to the screenplay and Harry Styles’ performance. The overarching concept of the film is intriguing, even thought-provoking, but the screenplay fails to deliver. For a thriller banking on build-up and surprise, the film is incredibly repetitive especially in the middle third. Some would argue “that’s the whole point” —to highlight the perfect, routine life everyone leads. But eventually, the time comes to let the action rise but instead the plot waits undeveloped for another 20 minutes. Yet worse than awkward pacing is overwriting. The script’s lack of nuance cannot be overstated. Nothing is left to interpretation or assumption (To those who have seen Don’t Worry Darling, please ask yourself: how does the airplane tie into the plot? My case and point). 

. Too much is said and too little is meant. In the endless potential of Don’t Worry Darling, not one original revelation or theme is presented. 

Now, to the unavoidable, terrible truth—Harry Styles can’t act. He can sing, he can dance, but he cannot act. Styles’ presence on screen was strangely flat despite being a flamboyant global superstar. His line delivery was bland, and he often exited scenes unnoticed. But nothing was worse than his attempts at intense emotion. At the climax of the film, Styles grabs the steering wheel of his vintage convertible, jerks his body violently, then screams at the top of his lungs—could anything be more cliché? We love you Harry—just not as an actor.  

But this is not to discredit the movie as a whole. For one, Florence Pugh gave yet another incredible performance, as did Chris Pine. And second, the visual appearance of the film is truly breathtaking. Pugh and Pine acted circles around Styles and the rest of the ensemble. Pugh was mesmerizing and emotionally persuasive, while Pine was creepy yet charismatic. Frankly, they prevented this movie from entering into corny, meaningless dystopia. But more astonishing than Pugh and Pine are the cinematography and production design departments. The cinematography by Matthew Libatique is gorgeous and engulfing; movie-goers can feel the warm, hazy California sun seep through the screen into their chilly, dark theater. And still the set and costume design are equally magnificent, from the Kauffman-inspired architecture of each house to the dangling, gaudy earrings on every wife. The outfits, backdrops, and props in each and every scene coordinate flawlessly and elevate the movie from mediocre to decent. 

With all things considered, Don’t Worry Darling deserves 3 out of 5 stars. Was the film enjoyable? Yes. But does the film truly say anything that hasn’t been said before? No, not really. And does Harry Styles need to leave Hollywood? Absolutely.