Friday, July 5, 2019

'Midsommar' is A F*cked Up Trip--Pun Intended (Review)

Midsommar (2019)
My Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃/5
Directed and Written by Ari Aster
Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Archie Madekwe, Ellora Torchia, and Will Poulter

Ari Aster is great at making audiences uncomfortable, emotionally drained, and weirded out. Midsommar is the continued truth to that notion.

Hereditary, Aster's feature directorial debut which he also wrote, is definitely more of a psychological, supernatural, occult film that has elements that scare the sh*t out of me. Midsommar, Aster's second feature film, is more of a folk horror and artistic film that features gore, dread, shocking images, and uncomfortable scenes.

From A24: Dani and Christian 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. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight. 
First off, if you're easily triggered by seeing people grieve hard, getting anxiety, and suicide, you might want to watch cautiously or not watch at all. Aster--and the amazing actors in his films--have this amazing and outstanding way of showing and capturing raw emotion and displaying it in a way that other movies never have. Much like Hereditary, Midsommar is very emotionally driven. There are scenes that are very powerful and...feeling (for lack of a better word).

The crazy thing about this movie is that it's artsy, whimsical, bright, sunny, but yet, there's this mystery, occultism, and dread that lingers over everything. It definitely does not have to be night to have some crazy sh*t pop off. There is a lot of symbolism, folklore, and paintings throughout the film that either play as omens or tell much more about what goes on within the Swedish village.

I was surprised by the gore in this movie. It isn't excessive and always happening, but when it does happen, it is f*cked up, and the camera is not shy enough to look away. We get to see every nasty bit.

Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian's (Jack Reynor) relationship was such an annoying and sad thing to see because she continues to make excuses for, and put up with Christian's crap. I've seen many relationships like this and it is just sad. There were plenty of moments that made me scoff and want to strangle Dani because of how delusional she was being. And other than that, Florence Pugh is phenomenal and great at her role. Her emotions and acting are on point.

And Will Poulter (the would-be Pennywise) is such a great comedic relief.

I honestly had no idea whether the audience was truly laughing at certain scenes because they thought it was genuinely funny (as the audience did with Hereditary), or the laughter stemmed from feeling so f*cking weirded out and uncomfortable that they couldn't help but get the nervous giggles and "are-you-guys-seeing-this-sh*t-too?" reactions. There is a very strange, odd, weird, ritualistic sex scene that takes place that had the whole theater laughing and bugged out. I just sat there like, what the actual f*ck is going on? There are naked people, so brace yourselves.

My last word: watch this movie. It is a must-see. But do not watch it high on any drugs; you'll probably die.

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