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.
Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing.Written by
It is a gruesome, gritty, visceral tale of a ill-fated Swedish getaway and delivers gore aplenty but unfortunately it doesn't deliver fear.
I felt uneasy at times, and I felt tense at times, but at no time during the 150 min run time did I feel afraid. The scenes of horror are disgusting rather than fear-inducing which is by no means a bad thing but the moments that are supposed to be scary with no gore seem to fall a little flat or miss their mark.
I enjoyed the uneasy feel that grows at the start but it seems to falter toward an end that didn't seem to deliver the big explosive ending like that in 'Hereditary' or 'The Wicker Man'.
All that said, what it does, it does beautifully, with some astounding performances and some truly disgusting moments that make even the most hard stomached cinema-goer experience a slight twinge. I enjoyed watching Midsommar, and even with the feeling that it left the possibility of an even scarier movie out in the field, you're not in any way dissatisfied with the end product.
Midsommar needs to be experienced.
Enjoy the festivities.
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