Just as their relationship is on the brink of falling apart, couple Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) are brought closer by a family tragedy. The mourning Dani then joins Christian and his friends, Josh (Will Poulter) and Mark (William Jackson Harper), on a trip to a rural Swedish village that is celebrating a once-in-a-blue-moon festival. As the tourists partake in the celebrations, they discover that the idyllic community holds many unnerving secrets, and it all unfolds in broad daylight. Written and directed by Ari Aster.~Jinko Labitag
Too easily compared to The Wicker Man, Midsommar is a beautiful and unique film that does more to pay homage than it tries to copy - in fact, it could be easily seen as a film that plays with occult tropes that haven’t been touched since the likes of The Wicker Man. So many films that take on occult genres are very much more in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby, night time scenarios. Midsommar shows us the terrors that happen in the daylight. This film is filled with environment and colors, thrusting it’s love-lost characters into a strange and surreal trip, filled with hypnotic visuals and all. Essentially a break-up film at heart, the first half of the film builds its tension with the attempt to familiarize one’s self in an unknown setting, all while pulling the main characters further and further away from each other, leaving a sort of communication gap. This breakdown crumbles alongside everything else happening around them, and as they travel further into the rabbit hole, the further they unravel the truth of the Midsommar traditions.
Ari Aster is a masterful filmmaker, taking us on yet another meaningful and terrifying adventure through every day life experiences. If you’re a fan of his first film Hereditary, this one definitely carries the torch.
There was some debate in my family about whether or not this movie deserves the praise it's received. Personally, I LOVED it. Many reviewers called it a "Daylight Horror," an apt description for this niche style of cinematography. For the record, I am someone who tends to shy away from horror films that rely on jump scares, gore, carnage, or violence for the sake of violence (which this film for the most part avoids). I found the visuals mesmerizing, the plot compelling and the themes shocking, disturbing but ultimately fascinating. Ari Aster's (the film's director) therapist must have some considerable insight into the psychology of Midsommar. If you've already seen this movie, I recommend the 1973 British film "The Wicker Man," which some cite as the inspiration for this film. I do wonder what the contemporary residents of Hårga (the part of Sweden this film is set in) think about the movie.
Ari Aster is quickly making his mark as one of the best horror creators on this century.
Absolutely wild that he can make one of the best filmed, written, performed, scored, and all around created horror film in general with “Hereditary”, only to some how mirror his craft in an even more diabolical story with “Midsommar”.
From the opening you’re drawn in, only to be held close with Florence Pugh’s outstanding performance. It’s a bit long and slow at times, but it picks up perfectly and swiftly becomes more crazy and horrific as the film draws to an end.
One of the best films of 2019.
Check it out. Definitely watch if you liked Hereditary.
The movie is beautiful and a trip to watch. Its creepy to watch these nice group of villagers turn out to be a crazy cult. The horrible relationship that the main girl and her boyfriend are in is relatable.
After Hereditary I had high hopes for this movie and while it didn't quite live up to it it's still a great movie just wasn't what I was expecting. A different type of horror/suspense/thrill but that's why I still call it a great movie. Also disturbing but in a really good way. Worth the watch
You will either love or hate this movie. It is gorgeous to look at. The story unfolds very slowly and fills you with dread. Ari Aster is a genius at this. If you did not enjoy Hereditary, do not bother with this one.