Posted Date: 2022 02 23 -
A couple travels to Northern Europe to visit a rural hometown's fabled Swedish mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Director: Ari Aster
Writers: Ari Aster
Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgrem
Midsommar (2019) Dir. Ari Aster
Ari Aster’s newest gore-filled film, Midsommar, will certainly leave you with more questions than answers. After suffering a great tragedy, Dani (Florence Pugh) agrees to go on a summer trip to Sweden with her friends for the Midsummer festival, staying in a remote commune where they quickly realize there’s something not quite right with the members. After critics raved over Aster’s first horror project, Hereditary (2018), it’s no shock this film was met with the same praise, but was it well-deserved? The confusing nature of the plot coupled with a disappointing follow-through resonates with that of Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001), illustrating a bizarre concept with little explanation or context clues to support it. Moreover, the Swedish landscape does create a unique concept of horror in broad daylight, removing the common scary movie staple of eerie darkness and instead, giving a very real, indelicate perspective. Additionally, the calm, almost nonchalant cinematography for such graphic scenes was a creative take when the plot seems to be from Dani’s point of view, but contributed to unfulfilled foreshadowing in the end. For further explanation, the beginning of the film paints an unsettling, somewhat utopian picture of this strange community but after substantially building up suspense for almost three hours, it simply didn’t meet its own expectations. Midsommar had all the components for a great film, and while it succeeded in certain areas, it’s excessive length and patchy backstory was underwhelming.