So you can like something and not understand a thing that is going on. Midsommar with a rating of 7.6 on IMDB is one of the best mystery and horror films I have seen. I’d compare it to Get Out and Mother! (Really – 6.6? Come on, people, it is at least a 7.0…), which are films also worth all the praise.
The film is about a mid-summer festival in Sweden (apparently, the film was mainly filmed in Hungary) but with some interesting twists and takes. (It’s actually a comedy – check it out). The landscapes, the nature, the colours are just a thing of beauty. The whole film is concerned with beautiful and stylistic imagery; it creates a festival of colours for your eyes – which, has to be said, is in contrast with the film’s plot and story.
Running for 147 minutes the film never got boring or tedious or predictable. I – the audience – was hypnotised (or drugged on special tea – you’ll get the reference) just like the characters in the film. It is a remarkable achievement, to be able to mesmerize an audience the same way the community mesmerized the foreign students.
I walked in to the theatre knowing nothing about the film, except that is somewhat strange. I didn’t expect the plot turns. Like I’ve said, to keep the consistent level of suspense and tension throughout 147 minutes is an achievement – talented people worked on this film.
Despite it being full of suspense and just consistent horror, the movie did have some nice moments of laughter and fun that worked well with the film’s tone bizarre style. It is a sophisticated piece of entertainment; does not rely on cheap ‘jump-out-scary’ techniques or the gruesomeness and blood to showcase the horror of the story. It is beauty mixed with slow-boiled horror that is so captivating. There aren’t any shock elements; looking back it all makes sense how it was meant to end or how each event influenced another, but watching the film in the present you are captivated with the story and the suspense.
Acting is top-notch; characters were fully fledged with their distinct qualities. However, it didn’t feel like Dani’s and Christian’s relationship was important, but the director kept forcing it, kept bringing the audience back to them and it felt forced. It didn’t work, it didn’t enrich the film, but maybe that was the plan. The film is unique so why not keep forcing that dysfunctional relationship, not like it will make the film more bizarre…
I would give the film a 7.5. It deserves recognition, especially considering a wide range of poorly made horror films that just ruin the potential of the genre.
Midsommar is bizarre, it is weird and it is a top-class horror film. It is a masterclass of Ari Aster and his style of horror.