Signed up the 28/03/2017
A young couple, Dani and Christian (along with Christian's grad-school friends) go on a backpacking trip to Sweden. The events that unfold when they arrive and settle at the secluded paradise-y looking area can simply be described as disturbingly perculiar and bone-chilling.
Ari Aster is one storyteller you can't box and he's made this his official brand in his second mainstream film. And trust me, it has no anatomy of a mainstream (horror) film despite a lot of people expecting him to pander a little more to general audiences after the success of his first film, Hereditary, so to garner a larger fanbase.
This is an emotionally demanding film. It is also highly satisfying this way because for all the mess you have to go through with the characters, it all comes full circle in the end into histrionic perfection. This is, indeed, filmmaking at one of its most highest this past decade. And not in just the horror genre, but the entire spectrum.
Aster is an auteur to the full extent of the term and he's here to leave his mark with this film. Hereditary could easily be visually distinguished as a horror film; though with the wide and long shots, the circling movements of the camera and the slow and sudden zooms can be traced back to the director's style. Midsommar serves as an evolution of said style; intending to both expand on and challenge the formative seeds he had previously planted into his journey as a scare-master.
From the bright, warm and comforting colours, to the light music, the sunrays, glistening skin, the flower crowns and blooming nature engulfing the screen half the time, Midsommar is an unsuspecting nightmare when the creepiness, well, starts creeping in. This essentially makes the film a lot more scarier than the standard horror film. The subtle scares, the psychological torment and the moodiness has its way in elevating the film to whole new grounds that are rarely explored.
In this way Aster can be compared to auteurs such as Stanely Kubrick and David Lynch in that he is not afraid to go into the untouched and unknown to explore until he molds something special out of the hallowness. Of course his obscure inclinations stem from the likes of these legendary storytellers as well; as he seems to intentionally shy far, far from stereotypical methods of getting his stories across. Ari's characters are operatic, his world is filled with unsuspecting torment and he has a special way of pacing it all just right so it gets to the audience in the most jolting manner possible. This is all what makes Midsommar such a momentous notch in filmmaking. Be ready to scream and gasp your chest off.
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