Written and directed by Ari Aster.
Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Archie Madekwe, Ellora Torchia, and Will Poulter.
A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown’s fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
There are several paths that the director of an acclaimed debut can take for their follow-up feature; typically, they’ll either stick to what they know and make the same type of movie again, or venture off and do something totally different. There are other options, of course, and Ari Aster’s Midsommar is certainly a diversionary second movie beyond much compare.
Succeeding his barn-storming debut from last year, Hereditary, Midsommar sees Aster seeking out an experimental middle-ground of sorts, operating within a familiar thematic wheelhouse (to a point