Director: Ari Aster
Screenplay: Ari Aster
Starring: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper
Okay, this is going to be a relatively short review, mainly due to the fact that I really do not want to ruin this movie for anyone. Going into this film not knowing is one of the best treats you can give yourself this summer. Trust me.
With Midsommar, Ari Aster has taken tropes and formulas from previous horror films and has completely turned them over on their heads. With his vibrant use of color and fearless approach to trying new things, Aster has really set the bar high for future horror movies from now on. The days of slasher movies are almost completely eradicated with this new renaissance of spine-quaking horror we are currently seeing, and Ari Aster is definitely leading the charge on this renaissance.
This movie serves almost as a mirror-image bookmark to his previous acclaimed hit Hereditary (2018). Both films have their similarities (not gonna drop any spoilers), but they also have their stark differences. The darkness of Hereditary and the brightness of Midsommar are perfect compliments of one another while both tell a heartbreaking story about grief.
Furthermore, when it comes to casting his films, Aster sure does know how to pick the right actors for the part. Florence Pugh gives a groundbreaking performance, and is most definitely the star of the show. You completely feel for her throughout this entire film. and once the story gets to its shocking conclusion, you morbidly find yourself rooting for her.
I know this review is not quite as in depth as some people would like it to be, but please, just trust me. Whether you love it or hate it, I can guarantee you that this is a movie that will not leave your brain once you’ve seen it. It is a horror show that you would not expect. Filled with emotion and unexpected beauty, this movie is something that needs to be experienced without prior knowledge.
This film is truly a unique experience, and Aster has shown himself once again to be a near genius when it comes to the horror genre. He makes this film relatable while also devastating, humorous, real, and incredibly harsh and violent. This film takes your emotions and puts them through a masochistic blender; and you love every minute of it.