First things first. This movie is a horror movie like no other you may have seen! There are no cheap thrills, no shreaks-on-your-face, no amplified sound effects. But still, this scares the shit out of you.
Directed by Ari Aster (“Hereditary”), Midsommar follows a group of friends who visit Sweden to witness a festival occurring once in 90 years, only to be trapped by a pagan cult.
The first 15-odd minutes takes us in the world of a traumatized College student, whose sister kills herself and her parents. After she learns that her emotionally-detached boyfriend and his friends are planning this Swedish trip to a festival, she tags along much the dismay of her guy’s friends.
Once the group reaches there, they are welcomed happily by the Swedish sect, but the behavior does give the visiting group some weird vibes. Things start escalating quickly and soon, even the viewers witness the horrific truth behind the pagan cult.
Midsommar takes some time to build up. First 20 minutes, we mainly witness the PTSD state of the lead actor, while she deals with her grave loss. However, once the movie sets up in Sweden, there is no looking back.
Some scenes will shock the living hell out of you! Special mention of one scene which depicts that beyond the age of 72 years, members of cult jump of cliffs, breaking their skull and other bones in their body. Just the thought may give you shivers, imagine the gory visuals on screen for a good few minutes, with some folk music in the background. I won’t delve much into individual scenes to avoid spoilers, but be ready to witness some shocking rituals on screen.
Ari Aster shocked the world with his stunning film “Hereditary” and he continues his fine form. He successfully weaves a film and which, as many have rightly pointed out, is more unsettling than scary. You tend to imagine yourself as to “What will I do if I was in this situation?!”.
The cast is able, with a superb lead turn by Florence Pugh. She is especially impeccable in the anti-climax, where she emotes to perfection. Special mention of cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski who creates a hallucinating environment to perfection, with the stunning Swedish locales soothing your eyes amidst the horror. The background score is apt and haunting, with the right doses of silent periods added.
Midsommar may not win awards, but will leave a lasting impact on it’s viewers. If you are into psychological horror, you would find this unsettling (in a good way). After two solid horror-thrillers, Ari Aster solidifies his place as a filmmaker to watch out for; wonder what he is working on next.
Midsommar is easily the most disturbing film of 2019, and and if you have the stomach to digest it, you will find it a well-made movie.
Rating: 4/5 (Worth a watch if you can digest disturbing movies!)