A (Late) Midsommar Review

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A (Late) Midsommar Review

Sophia Clifton, Staff Wrier

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Midsommar is a horror film written and directed by Ari Aster. This 2019 horror film takes place in complete daylight rather than the typical ‘dark’ take on most horror films. The focus lies on Americans Dani, Christian, Josh, and Mark attending a Hågar midsummer festival in Sweden. Their Swedish friend, Pelle, tells them that the festival only happens once every 90 years and can’t be missed. After some time in Hårga the group begins to realize that the Midsummer traditions are violent and confusing. But by then, it’s too late. 

Many audiences had mixed emotions after watching Midsommar. The film has been praised for its beautifully crafted storyline and captivating visuals. There is not a moment on screen that audiences can pull their eyes away from. Aster manages to create a nightmare in broad daylight. However, others felt that the 140 minute runtime was far too long and still left little to no impression on the audience. 

Most audiences praise Midsommar for its creepy storyline and unsettling visuals, however, for me it was all a bit too much. I love most horror movies and thought the idea of one in the daylight was very interesting. The gore and unsettling visuals are hard to watch at times. I’m usually not a person who minds a little violence in movies and TV, however, Midsommar crosses certain lines. The storyline also felt disturbing and rushed despite the more than 2 hour long run time. 

However, it’s not all bad. Midsommar had its highs and its lows. The cinematography was undoubtedly beautiful and each actor delivered a chilling performance. Florence Pugh is a clear standout in the cast along with Jack Reynor. The two manage to create a realistic relationship on the brink of a breakup while also reacting to the horrifying midsummer traditions. Midsommar is worth watching for these two performances alone.