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.
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.
I loved their last film, Hereditary... until the end. Things were actually scary and not jump scary or falling into the same eye rolling trends of all the other new pop horror films. Then BAM it force fed us way too much at once. This is kinda like that, but way better. You’re welcome for a having nothing to do with anything review, world.
You ever did LSD? I haven’t but if you’ve ever imagined what it would be like, this movies for you. Ari Aster’s sophomore follow up to Hereditary proves you don’t have to have a dark setting or jump scares to be a truly terrifying film. From the gut wrenching intro to the twisted ending, Midsommar weaves a tale of one of the most insane break-up movies you will watch. Don’t watch with the kids.