Binge Watch: Florence Pugh

Tomorrow the latest film from Olivia Wilde, Don’t Worry Darling, opens in theaters. It has a strong cast including Florence Pugh, who has been on quite a run the past four years. While you prepare for her latest outing, let’s take a look at four films that helped put her on the map.

Fighting With My Family (2019)
This is the true story of Saraya Knight, who made it into the world of professional wrestling. Pugh plays the lead here in a film that includes Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn and Dwayne Johnson. Pugh is strong in the lead role and this film has heart and humor, hailing from director Stephen Merchant.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Midsommar (2019)
: In what amounts to about a 180-degree turn from the previous entry, Pugh takes the lead in this horror film from Ari Aster. Recovering from trauma, Pugh is part of a group of four friends that take a trip to Sweden. They stumble on a small village that at first seems an oasis and turns into a nightmare. This is a tough kind of film to pull off and while I didn’t love the finished product, Pugh established herself as a star with range.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Little Women (2019)
Finishing off a trio of major releases in the last year before the pandemic, Pugh plays Amy March. If you’re familiar with the story, it can be a tough role to play. But in Gretta Gerwig’s time-bending version of the classic tale, Pugh shines. She imbues Amy with heart and passion, creating a character that dominates her time on the screen.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Black Widow (2021)
Here, Pugh plays Yelena, sister to our hero Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). Pugh is great in the action sequences but it’s her sense of humor that plays so well here. I loved her back-and-forth with Johansson. I also appreciated when she reprised the character in the Disney+ series Hawkeye. I hope we get to see more of her in the role.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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