Opened: July 3, 2019
Directed by: Ari Aster
Starring: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren & Will Poulter
A horror film that’s with bright vibrant colors and relies more on twisting your emotions than actually scaring you, Midsommar is a film whose brilliance you might not first realize.
After suffering through a personal tragedy, Dani (Florence Pugh) joins her boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor) and some of his friends on a trip to Sweden where they’ll take part in a festival that only happens every 90 years.
From the start of the film, there’s a feeling of unease. It doesn’t just come from Dani’s nightmare, but from her personal life and the lack of interest of those around her.
Pugh gives an incredibly layered performance. With her character, it’s not so much frightening, but she makes you think about what you would be capable of doing when faced with grief and loneliness.
Final say: Unsettling from start to finish. ★★★★☆