Midsommar was released in the U.S. on July 3, 2019 and was written and directed by Ari Aster. This is a very unique movie for me to review because after thinking about it I did enjoy the film, however it is still somewhat hard for me to recommend to the average viewer.
The story features Dani, who is suffering from trauma after her sister committed suicide and also killed their parents. She also has a boyfriend named Christian, however they are having some relationship issues. Christian agreed to go to Sweden with a group of his friends and felt “forced” to also invite Dani. This then leads to a lot of drugs, several weird traditions, cheating, and ultimately a lot of gruesome deaths.
The main group of characters in this film were all cast phenomenally. Dani was played by Florence Pugh and her acting was simply amazing. While watching you could feel all of her pain and what she was going through as there were sequences of her delivering very heavy emotions. She really poured her heart and soul into this role as sometimes her acting seemed almost “too real”. Her boyfriend, Christian, was played by Jack Reynor and he also did a terrific job. His character was definitely the most hated in the film, but he took his character and really went in his own direction with it. In an interview he stated that Ari Aster really allowed him to do whatever he wanted with his character and you could definitely tell. The other three friends were Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren), Mark (Will Poulter), and Josh (William Jackson Harper). Each of these actors also did a great job. I didn’t necessarily like how all of their characters were written, however they each did good with what they were given. Will Poulter specifically did a really good job in bringing most of the comedy to the film with his character. In the end, the cast in this film (specifically Florence Pugh) was simply incredible.
The main and most blatant positive of this film is the directing by Ari Aster. It is obvious that he has an enormous amount of talent as each scene is shot to perfection. The cinematography is gorgeous and there are just so many beautiful shots in this movie. Even some of the deaths don’t even seem bad as he just found a way to make everything look beautiful. He definitely put his skills on display and made a very gorgeous movie. The next positive aspect of the film is all of the kills. Even though the film isn’t littered with them, there are still several put directly on display. The few featured kills that are shown on screen don’t hold back with the detail and I think that horror fans will appreciate that. The final positive of this film is that it is to some degree it’s own genre. While it can be labeled as “horror” or “suspense”, I don’t really believe it is completely either of those. It delves in many different directions that a so-called “normal” movie doesn’t which is why I think it is moderately in a realm of it’s own.
The first mixed aspect to this film to me is it’s length. I didn’t necessarily feel the movie drag like some did, however there were parts that felt too long. While Ari Aster’s directing was beautiful, there were still some scenes that dragged on way too long. I felt like the movie could have been shorter, but in the end it isn’t a negative to me as I still enjoyed sitting through the full 2 hours and 27 minutes runtime. Another mixed aspect to the film was the whole storyline. It is similar to other stories that we have seen before, however it is told in a very different way. There aren’t really any major surprises in this film and it is pretty straightforward. Therefore, I think that some people will view this as a negative, however it really didn’t bother me a lot.
I really didn’t have any negative views of this film as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can say that it probably was one of the weirdest movies that I have ever seen. There were several scenes (specifically a sex scene) that will probably make some viewers very uncomfortable.
I can’t say that I would really recommend this to the average moviegoer as it is just so different than the average film. I left the theater feeling like I just watched a really good film, however the person who was with me hated it with a passion. I don’t think that most people will appreciate the long runtime and others expecting a movie like Hereditary will be disappointed. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see beautiful cinematography and see a movie that is extremely different than any other current releases. This movie will definitely split audiences and I expect a group of people who absolutely love it and others who thought it was the worst movie ever.
Rating- 8.5 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness.
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