**Disclosure: I received a copy of MidSommar in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
My Review of MidSommar
Ari Aster has an insightful and understanding of human nature. As any film director working today, and it's his dark sensibilities mixed with his relevant, subversive messages that make his films so compelling.
There is a lot going on within Midsommar. More than one review can do justice. This movie reminded me more of one girl's passage through pain, suffering, and heartache, which ends eventually in a transformation.
Midsommar is about a younger couple in a relationship who are Dani and Christian. While spending a month in Sweden to witness the summer rituals of a different group called the Harga. Dani (played by newcomer Florence Pugh) is in grief from a tragedy. With her failing relationship with her distant boyfriend Christian (Jack Reyner), she thinks the change of scenery might be a good idea for them. But in truth (spoiler) it isn't.
During Dani's grief, Christian is not capable of helping her through with his frat boy mentality. It is obvious each time they are on screen together their relationship is not going anywhere. I felt bad for Dani. She's alone in this dark place with no comfort but a non-attentive boyfriend, and his two male friends, only seem to know how to be sarcastic. Pelle is the only person who gives any support to Dani. Although he is Christian's friend he is the only one who seems to be able to keep the “peace” so to speak between these travelers from America and the village.
So who are the real villains here? The ominous commune, or the intrusive, disrespectful Americans who have no respect for different cultures other than getting what's theirs.
The writer is a master at manipulating our expectations and probing the poisonous contents of the American Heart. In this movie, the director shows just how rude the American people can be.
Visionary Writer-Director Ari Aster Returns
with a Whole New Kind of Terror Arriving on
Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD October 8 from Lionsgate®
SANTA MONICA, CA (August 19, 2019) — Horror auteur Ari Aster, the filmmaker behind last year’s breakout horror film Hereditary, is back with the unnerving and viscerally disturbing sun-soaked horror film Midsommar, arriving on Digital and On Demand September 24 from A24, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), and DVD October 8 from Lionsgate. The film stars Florence Pugh (upcoming Black Widow and Little Women) as a young woman who reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip to a remote Swedish village for a midsummer festival, which becomes more and more sinister as the days pass. The Rotten Tomato Certified Fresh™ film also stars Jack Reynor (Kin, Free Fire, TV’s “Strange Angel”), William Jackson Harper (TV’s “The Good Place,” They Remain, TV’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”), and Will Poulter (The Maze Runner, Detroit, The Revenant). Executive produced by Philip Westgren (Hellboy), Fredrik Heinig (Thelma), and Ben Rimmer (Ibiza, TV’s “Mr Selfridge”), Midsommar is “an expert piece of daylit terror” (Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York).
After a family tragedy, a young American couple joins some friends at a midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that grow increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster (Hereditary), comes this dread-soaked cinematic fairy tale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.
Bring home Midsommar and unravel the mystery behind the making of this harrowing tale with a never-before-seen making-of featurette, offering insight into Aster’s vision. The Midsommar Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
• “Let the Festivities Begin: Manifesting Midsommar” Featurette
• “Bear in a Cage™” Promo
Year of Production: 2019
Title Copyright: © 2019 A24 Films LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R disturbing ritualistic violence and grisly images, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use, and language
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Drama
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 147 Minutes
BD Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 2.00:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16×9 2.00:1 Presentation
BD Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
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