Review: Midsommar

29 Nov 19

Another dose of Ari Aster horror, with all the strange and not much interest

Right off the bat Midsommar is good, but it wasn't as good as I hoped it would be.

It's written and directed by Ari Aster, he did Hereditary (2018) which was fantastic. It was one of my favourites from 2018 and one of the best horror movies I've ever seen. So naturally, when I heard he was making another horror movie I was automatically keen. I didn't watch any trailers, none of the reviews or the synopsis, but I had rather high expectations since it was by Ari Aster. Sadly, Midsommar is not a movie of that level.

Don't get me wrong it's not bad or anything I just hoped it'd be a bit more. Anyways the good bits: I have to say the cinematography is definitely one of the best this year. The editing and sound design is just perfect (Ari Aster can definitely direct a movie). The performances were also terrific, mainly by Florence Pugh she did a great job.

If I could describe Midsommar in one word, it'd be DISTURBING. It's a very strange and odd movie, and there are more than a few uncomfortable scenes that not many people would like to see. Because when things get weird, they get weird. It doesn't hold anything back it just shows you everything, which honestly I appreciate as most movies these days rarely do that.

And now the flaws: This movie is 2 hours and 18 minutes and personally I think it could be a bit shorter. But some part of me isn't necessarily against that because the movie's doing it's own thing, it's telling its own story and if it really needs all 138 minutes to do that then I support it. The thing is, the story isn't really that good either.

The narrative isn't exactly extremely intriguing and the slow pace and runtime doesn't help. And this movie really drags and takes its time. After the opening scene, nothing really tense 'scary' or 'tense' happens for like another 45 minutes. It's just a bunch of weird stuff with a "cult" and the charaters being high. Yes, the characters are high for about 80% of the runtime. This is not an exaggeration.

Also the narrative sets up a bunch of stuff and it kinda leads to absolutely nothing. Or maybe I haven't seen some Easter egg but right now its kinda disappointing because throughout the movie it like hints at this and that and at the end it just abandoned, which is sad considering Hereditary did that perfectly and it all fits like art. Midsommar looks like art but it doesn't fit like art.

Another major flaw is the characters themselves. You don't really get to invest or connect with the characters at all. Maybe the main character a bit, but even then you sort of just sympathise for her. It's probably because all the characters do is get high, react to weird stuff and do some stupid things.

Other than that, I still sorta like it because it's different, it isn't like your regular horror movie out there which I greatly appreciate. Honestly I'll probably watch it agai primarily because I don't fully understand one or two things in the movie. But still, it was a tad bit underwhelming.