Director: Ari Aster
Writer: Ari Aster
Starring: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Will Poulter, and more.
*insert obsession about A24 and Ari Aster here*
Ok but for real, I probably do not have to dive deep into my obsession with A24 if you have read some of my reviews in the past. Mega fan of A24 and the types of films they make. I am also already a huge fan of director and writer Ari Aster after his worldwide phenomenon that was “Hereditary”. Now, I dive right into Aster’s second film, “Midsommar”. “Midsommar” has already received quite the early reception being dubbed a “perfect break up movie” and a “sun-soaked nightmare”. Personally, I am just about ready for anything that Ari can deliver to me. So without further delay, the Oberrating of “Midsommar”!
“A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown’s fabled 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.”
Even beyond being a fanboy of Ari Aster’s, “Midsommar” is an unbelievable and unique experience. Minutes, hours, and days after I have viewed this film, I still am thinking about moments, meanings, and different symbols within the movie, very similarly to how I reacted to “Hereditary” after watching it. I desire to re-watch “Midsommar” already and that is a sign enough that Ari has created, yet again, something special. The man has a taste for creating strange, unique, beautiful, destructive, and challenging films and I am in full admiration for his talent.
Man, it is really hard to give this a proper analysis without spoiling things but I will do my very best. As far as the story goes, “Midsommar” starts off at a terrorizing pace. Don’t mistake that statement for some jump scare “IT” style suspense but I am talking legitimate terrifying realistic scenario. From this point on, one would figure there would be light moments to bring the mood of the film back, right? Wrong. This movie starts off upsetting and it just continues to push that level deeper and deeper. The deeper the story goes, the less realistic it gets and the more morbid and surreal it becomes. I am talking straight up nightmare-like sequences where boundaries are pushed of what is real and what is not, yet still being a horrific strings of moments. These moments become so strange and uncomfortable that one may simply cringe and feel disturbed or sit in their seat and let loose a desperation giggle and laugh about the absolute ridiculousness of these cult customs.
The horror and nightmarish elements of “Midsommar” are what really make it impactful. As I said before, early on the introduction gets rough. After this point, the film creates an edge of your seat suspenseful vibe created by dialogue and actions. This is where the drama hits hard. Ari has reported that he paints this movie as a break up movie, in the rawest use of the phrase. The relationship drama is damn near unbearable in the most positive way of saying. It compliments the cult horror vibes with untrustworthy companionship and creates an overall dreamlike nightmare.
No sophomore slump here. Ari Aster has once again delivered a one-of-a-kind film experience in the form of “Midsommar”. A horror flick that doesn’t rely on jump scares but instead uses psychedelic cult phenomenon to creep out and confuse the audience. Yet, on top of that, everything is near explained and nothing is in the dark (literally). Prepare for absurdity and extreme tension. Aster’s “Midsommar” is here to be your new favorite absurd film. Tread carefully if you are not used to these kinds of movies.
- Ari said that “Midsommar” was rated NC-17 for a bit. Use that as a reference for the kind of movie this will be if you are considering a watch.
- The final hour of this is an absolute trip.
- Images used in this movie made me feel strangely uncomfortable at times. With that said, I love it.
- Florence is excellent. I wouldn’t say Toni Collette status, but excellent.
- Something makes me want to say this wasn’t as good as “Hereditary” yet some Pagan demon is screaming in my ear demanding a 9/10 so…
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