05 Jul 2019s Midsommar
Just saw it today and I vowed that I would wait a few days before hitting down my thoughts. This in unquestionably a film that needs to be watched multiple times to process everything in it. But, if I don’t get some of these thoughts out now, I may end up forgetting. And as per the usual, I’ll try and keep it as spoiler free as possible.
Midsommar stars Florence Pugh as Dani, who while dealing with a family tragedy, joins her boyfriend (which the relationship is rocky at best) and friends on a trip to Sweden for a Midsommar celebration. For those unfamiliar with Midsommar, it is a festival around the summer solstice and has been celebrated by multiple cultures and faiths throughout history; Catholics celebrate St John the Baptist, Bulgarians Enyovden, and so on.
I went in expecting something similar to Hereditary with a supernatural element, along with themes of family, mental health, masculinity, and Midsommar delivered on some of those items.
There were some constants that we now see with Ari Aster and his stories: grief, rebirth and loss. But does this sophomoric follow up deliver?
As with Hereditary, this was a masterpiece.
I don’t think anyone today can capture and draw out of his talent grief like Aster does. Florence Pugh pulls out some incredible emotion that lives up to Toni Collete, and it’s hard to not feel deeply for her and what she is going though.
The theme of rebirth in this, mixed with some bizarre and horrifying imagery, is actually quite beautifully done. Even though it’s bonkers, seeing a community which completely unites itself in joy and pain was something to watch.
Everyone in the film is good. Every shot in the film is good. The score is good. Pacing, for being a long film and a slow burn, is good. I honestly don’t think I have a single complaint about it right now. I will rewatch this again and hopefully soon, because there is so much to this film that it would be unfair to only watch it once.
I don’t want to give away anything else here, so I’ll wrap this up.
This film isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure. But if you like to see something that is technically nearly perfect, acted incredibly well with the bizarre, humorous and horrific mixed masterfully, and a slow burn with some atmosphere: you should see it. I already see the divisive nature of fans and their comments around this, and I get it’s not for everyone, but this is masterfully some.