July 9th: Midsommar – 2019 – Directed by Ari Aster Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter,and Vilhelm Blomgren
Simple Overview: A couple in a rocky relationship travels to Sweden to celebrate a Midsummer Festival with the Harga commune with their three friends. The festival turns out to be a once in a 90-year nightmare for the group and reminds one member of the group the world is a brighter place than previously thought. A thriller that will make you wonder if a little darkness isn’t so scary after all.
What Could Have Been Better: If you know me I have very little complaints or opportunity for this film. It did as designed and freaked me and thousands of others out. The ritual in the barn was a bit odd, why did the old lady handle the buns like that? I’d ask for more Ruben and more of the backstory behind the Harga if I’m being honest.
What I loved: The acting in this film is excellent! Pugh and Reynor do an excellent job of showcasing a terrible relationship that is in a constant state of discomfort, anguish, and abuse. Poulter who is British does a great impression of a jerk of an American out exploring the world. The commune setting was well built and filled with great design. The sound effects through the entire film added to the emotion and suspense of the film which was supported by great costume design and supporting cast. The story had a great character development through the film and we see a real journey for all parties involved in the Midsummer festival.
Final Thoughts: Overall this was my favorite thriller of the past year. I’ve now watched it 5 times since November. It’s worth the watch. Be prepared for some shocking moments if you’re watching it for the first time and if your a repeat watcher like me expect to see a few new things every time you watch.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 thumbs up.
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