Midsommar

Several friends travel to Sweden to study as anthropologists a summer festival that is held every ninety years in the remote hometown of one of them. What begins as a dream vacation in a place where the sun never sets, gradually turns into a dark nightmare as the mysterious inhabitants invite them to participate in their disturbing festive activities.

  • Released: 2019-07-03
  • Runtime: 148 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
  • Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter, Vilhelm Blomgren, Isabelle Grill, Gunnel Fred, Ellora Torchia, Archie Madekwe, Henrik Norlén, Agnes Westerlund Rase, Julia Ragnarsson, Mats Blomgren, Lars Väringer, Anna Åström, Hampus Hallberg, Liv Mjönes, Louise Peterhoff, Katarina Weidhagen, Björn Andrésen, Tomas Engström, Dag Andersson, Lennart R. Svensson, Anders Beckman, Rebecka Johnston, Tove Skeidsvoll, Anders Back, Anki Larsson, Levente Puczkó-Smith, Frans Cavallin Rosengarten, Vilmos Kolba, Mihály Kaszás, Gabi Fón, Zsolt Bojári, Klaudia Csányi, Anna Berentzen, Austin R. Grant, Maximilian Slash Marton
  • Director: Ari Aster
 Comments
  • destiny_west - 12 January 2023
    Style over substance
    I love quirky horror films, however Midsommar failed to deliver for me. Sure it is visually beautiful. I would never deny that. The idea of the story is fantastic, but beyond that it is just a hot mess.

    I hope one of the fan theories stating that they think the whole plot line is just a drug fueled illusion is actually the case. I could definitely buy that.

    Over all I was very disappointed with the plot. I wanted so much more. The gore is lacking, any shocks are lacking. I just felt the whole thing was a big blah.

    If you want something visually beautiful to look at, then go ahead. If you are looking for something ground breaking in the horror genre then look away.
  • fayebee-36556 - 8 January 2023
    An unusual horror
    When I first heard of this, someone proposed it fell under the "good for her" horror genre (think films like teeth, Carrie, Jennifer's body) due to the ending. However someone else disputed this, stating that the ending is in no way good for the female lead, as the whole film is written and filmed in a way that mimics what is happening to the main character - the indoctrination and confirmation of them into the cult, until they are entirely lost within. They argued that this is more of a subtle horror film, in that it doesn't bludgeon the viewers over the head with shock tactics, but slowly sucks us in to the increasingly weird situation until we have lost sense of reality, much like the main characters, and indoctrinates us in much the same way as the character. In fact, they argued it was almost feminine comparably to many other horrors, in its nuances and subtlety, and all the more pervasive due to its manner of telling the story, drawing us in like the cult it portrays. Gotta say.. I watched it purely on that description, and goddamn it was right. Bloody loved it.
  • jaakkosaaristo - 7 January 2023
    Exploitation asset bag
    A lot of things to be liked about this film in theory: the camera work is good and the atmosphere and mystery development are good. I'm not one to say that to be shocking or bizarre is automatically bad. Also there are scenes that could make a good movie if used correctly.

    Unfortunately, nothing makes sense in the end but you can just tell that there's a bunch of movie assets and ideas cheaply thrown together and banking on violent visuals instead of developing the characters or plot. To make a good movie about a cult, one would need to somehow explain why these people live this way and why things are being done the way they are, or why this happens to these characters, given the back story. Rest assured none of that will happen but it's just Wicker Man remake without Christopher Lee, and Cannibal Holocaust without the reality, and suitable for an audience who feels anything illogical must also be deep and profound.
  • wagnerjegraham - 7 January 2023
    Pretty good, very strange
    A really good movie but some of the violent/sexual scenes seemed a little unnecessary though they were important to the story. Overall I very much enjoyed the movie (though I cringed at many points) yet the ending did not make full sense to me. I did love how the movie was very different from many modern day horror movies in the way that it did not ever utilize jump scares or dark uneasy places. Almost the whole movie takes place in a Swedish summer where it is almost always light out so we don't see dark eerie places as the only horror element. This caused the writers to really utilize on the twisted ideas of the plot which worked very well for the overall story.
  • SashaPolozova - 3 January 2023
    I Watched This Like 5 Times Plus Director's Cut
    Ari Aster strikes again with a visually stunning and stomach wrenching film. I can't explain how happy I am to experience his brilliant masterpieces. Hereditary was amazing but this takes the cake.

    One of the worst things you can do with a horror movie is make a long introduction to the story but Midsommar has a great sense of pace and it has you right where it wants you in the very beginning.

    Ari does very well at mixing emotion into his films. You really connect with the characters and feel their pain which so far has been orientated at family and loss. This film will give you a rollercoaster of emotions; confusion, disgust, anger, sadness, amusement and happiness.

    The way the movie is shot is very strategic. It is done so you feel weird. The effects used sometimes are like you're on a whole new level, having a "trip".

    There is definitely more shown here than Hereditary even dared. Not only gore wise but nudity as well. I personally didn't have any of the 'shock factor' when it came to it, some people might but it is something you know going into watching a film like this.

    Story was interesting and not hard to follow. I could very well predict quite a number of things but that didn't spoil me the enjoyment of watching. I actually found some parts funny, some definitely only I would find funny.

    Acting was incredible and very believable because for a film like this, it must be. There were a few things that annoyed me like; characters acting stupid and maybe the fact that there was some weird gross segment in there which I can't spoil. Overall a darn good horror that I am just ecstatic over. The conclusion couldn't have been better. At the very end when the screen is about to go black; pretty much how I felt at the end.
  • chickenriot - 3 January 2023
    A quite disturbing movie
    Horror movies must take place at night in order to be scary, right? Wrong! This movie takes place for most of the time in daylight, and still has really disturbing scenes. Midsommar is a horror film by Ari Aster, which is about a girl who is going through grief, so she decides to try and cheer up by going on a vacation with her boyfriend and his friends. The only problem is that that will be revealed to be the worst decision they have ever made. Some of the best things about Midsommar include its magnificent cinematography, The masterful soundtrack, and the well written characters. The only problem is that sometimes you barely realize someone died in the deaths. If you liked this movies cinematography, its soundtrack, its themes of grief, or all of those, watch Hereditary next.
  • Catocala - 2 January 2023
    More an artistic psychological thriller than a horror
    If you are looking for your run-of-the-mill horror, I advise you continue your search. This movie is more psychological thriller with horrible elements, but in short, everything is too beautiful and "artsy" to be scary in the general sense. That is not to say it does not have frightening subject matter. It handles several severe topics in a tasteful manner, mainly revolving around our leading lady Pugh.

    Pugh is in a stalemate relationship with an egotistical, longtime boyfriend (played by Reynor) when she is struck by horrible loss. To deal with her grief, she decides to join Reynor and three of his friends to a remote community. One of his friends (Blomgren) is actually from this community and has invited the group to attend to the 9-days-long Midsommar festival. Once there, everything seems idyllic, but slowly and surely events/rituals turn stranger and stranger...

    One thing that bugged me was that the two other friends (Polter and Harper) remained very flat characters and seemed almost caricatural. Also, there was little attention to the villagers of the small community and gives the viewer little sense of who they are, other than very strange folk. However, Pugh's performance alone is enough to support the entire length of the film, which is almost 2,5 hours, plus Reynor and Blomgren definitely add to the cast quality.

    The story is told in what I would call "arthouse" manner, which automatically means this movie is not for everyone. Even though I liked the music/sound and looks of the beautiful scenery, I felt at times it was too over the top and subtracted from the goal of the movie, instead of adding to it. E.g. Costume design going a little overboard with a flowery dress that is shaped like a pyramid (and is almost as huge as one).

    Another flaw is that the happenings are so incredulous and strange, that it is hard to relate to the characters. In a positive sense, the topics are there. It makes you think about the flexibility of the human mind. How much could you change your 'normal' way of thinking if you were in a different environment? Would you call it bending or breaking if you go beyond a certain point? How far would you go to have the hole in you fullfilled? In my view, super interesting subject matter. Unfortunately, the bizarness of the rituals and the lack of knowing how the villagers view their festival, create a distance between the viewer and Pugh; understanding her emotions, but not fully able to agree with her not running the other way screaming for help. The same goes for the rest of the "guest" group.

    All in all, I would recommend the watch if you can handle longer and strange films. It did keep me interested throughout and it is wellmade even though it goes overboard sometimes.
  • VikiLauda - 1 January 2023
    Midsommer is literally a TRIP!
    It took me three watches to even begin to understand this movie (on my first watch I hated it!) & I eventually came to enjoy it after I understood all the small bits of the story I had missed or not picked up on untill I googled it & got some more information. The third time I watched I pulled the onlne available PDF script from StudioBinder to follow it better & I must say WOW what a movie!

    First off I would not say this movie is a "Horror". I am a massive fan of horror movies & if you watch this expecting a horror movie as I did you will be hugely disapointed. I would class Midsommer as a creepy thriller centered on Pagan ritual & Rites, some of which have a basis in real hstory. The cinematography is awesome & oddly for its subject matter this is a visually "bright" movie, almost as if it was filmed in old style technicolor. The acting is terrific as is the direction & the flow of the story & at almost 3 hours in length it does not feel like a long drawn out movie. Be warned though there are many tiny parts to the story that appear almost hidden (in plain sight) so this movie demands your full attention from start to finish. Pay close attention to what is happening in the background shots & what the extras are doing (there is goings on with a straw goat for instance!) as this all fits the story too. If you miss any of these small details this could add disapointment to your watching experience. Also be warned for sex scenes & full frontal male nudity & some scenes of gore although I thought the gore scenes where not done very well, but this certainly did not halt my eventual enjoyment of this film. The character development was not too hot either & the back story could have been explored better. Also I was baffled as to why a midsommer festival had May Day type celebrations as the two festivals are two months apart. However I did enjoy the excellent music which was oddly upbreat in the final scenes, giving it (for me) an even creepier dimention. If you have seen this movie once & hated it give it another try & pay all your attention to it to pick up on those small details that make all the difference. But if you have not seen this film & enjoy creepy, slightly disturbing thriller movies I would bet you will enjoy Midsommer, but this film is NOT, I repeat NOT a horror movie. Midsommer is creepy, disturbing & kind of gets under your skin. Parts of it are very trippy too as our characters are sometimes on drugs, so this is definatly an over 18's movie, which also has a little light swearing. A lot of love went into this film & if audiences take a little care & gift it their full attention, if really shows. I can almost bet on it that within 10 years or so this will be a cult classic like it's inspiration, the Wicker Man from 1973.
  • VikiLauda - 1 January 2023
    Weird!
    Sorry but could not make head or tail to this garbage. I was expecting something along the lines of the Wicker Man but no.... This makes no sense & I am wondering who else thinks this? I really enjoyed Heriditary but ths is like from another director. Come on we can do better than this. It is not even vageuly defied as a horror movie. Horror movies are supposed to be scarey. This is about as scarey as going to work in the morning! Please come up with something better. It is no wonder there are so many unhappy people giving this a one star as it is simply NOT HORROR. Just my honest opinion!

    Don't waste your time & money.

    Sorry.
  • carinagrahamcex - 27 December 2022
    Kept me hooked throughout
    The Wickerman meets The killing of a sacred deer. It was addictive and Definitely kept me watching. Keeps you on the edge of your seat and I was biting My nails too for the first time in my life!!! The bear was a very freaky part which I still think was unnecessary to the story unless im completely missing something. Was this a part of the plot?? But it was a fascinating storyline but also very weird too and the ending???? I still can't grasp nor understand. But all in all Definitely a good watch. It kinda reminded me of a bad dream and the feeling you get when you have just woke up from one. Very trippy.
  • pauljonathancampbell - 27 December 2022
    Plentiful Style, Not Enough Substance
    Beautiful cinematography, staging and directing with a palpable sense of dread and foreboding despite the bright and sunny setting. You know things are not going to end well, you just don't know how - a modern psychological horror story.

    However, despite the run time and the opportunity to say something significant about relationships given the dynamics included in the initial scenes, the metaphors and messages of this movie are weak at best. A real missed opportunity to elevate this movie.

    Don't take drugs while you're trapped in a cult and isolated in a foreign country with no chance of escape kids.
  • pieraussie - 25 December 2022
    When will I stop?
    I keep watching horror movies, and supposed horror like this, and keep remaining disappointed. After Smile and Barbarian now this Midsommar promised something it couldn't deliver. It's like they can't make anymore a reasonable scary movie without people taking questionable decisions. After the dive, and the bounce, everyone in the world would have ran to the car and left. But than there would be no movie, alas they need to have people acting dumb and staying. In this particular movie there is also some dishonesty by the writer, since he makes it appear at the end like Dani was tricked by Pelle in flying to Sweden and everything was planned to have a new queen ecc, when in reality her decision to go was accidental, but again if she did not go the director would have no movie. His previous Hereditary was already bad and if I knew it was the same guy I would have passed. It is too long. It is not scary. Someone could find some kind of allegory related to today's society, but you'd really need to have lots of imagination. The way these wacky Swedish are shown I was sure the director would be Danish. At the end I regret having dedicated 150 minutes to this, but I could not sleep and the vision helped me to do it. Merry Xmas!
  • oliverambrose-68009 - 25 December 2022
    Unique, weird and absolutely stunning
    Such a risky film from AA. It works to a tee, it goes far into the rabbit hole of strange, maybe even into the incomprehensible. Visuals are simply immense, maybe the best I've seen, feels like you are part for the journey Florence Pugh is experiencing. Deals with raw emotions of trauma in one of the most realistic ways I've ever seen. It's ugly and beautiful at the same time. The awareness of the cast and creators is just so impressive. It's important to note it won't be for everyone, but that's why for me I can only respect the film more. It gets weirder and weirder but it delivers the moral message of how disconnected modern society is from each other perfectly. Cannot wait for the next Ari Aster film.
  • lenawali - 23 December 2022
    Think think think
    What a deep meaning that really is great but some may not understand! Spoilers in this comment! Pay attention to details, like in the apartment the pictures around, or even when Christian was called in the office and the pictures showed more than what we knew. Pictures are key. But also the main character is going through the worst things, but never allowed to fully grow bc she was suppressing her own feelings in order to be civil with her partner, who was not treating her the best. He was the enemy while she needed him to be released in order for her to bloom, like a flower. She was not gaining anything from this trip but personal growth, different from the other members. This movie may be gruesome to some, but Florence Pugh did it again was a brilliant performance of depth and true development!!!