Midsommer (2019) was on my original list in the ‘I won’t die if I don’t see it’ section, and I wish I would’ve left it there. I don’t know what I was thinking, I’d seen the trailer, and knew it wasn’t horror, though it is said to be “Folk Horror,” whatever the fuck that means. Are we inventing new genres now? This movie is 147 minutes long, that’s 2 hours 27 minutes for those of you who don’t want to do the math in your head. And that is 147 minutes that I won’t get back; I read that the original version is 177 minutes, so I’m glad I didn’t suffer through that.
It starts with some stupid family drama that I really didn’t care about or connect to, and I should’ve turned it off then, but I didn’t. For some reason, I get the idea in my mind that it’ll get better, and actually be horror. I don’t even know if this artsy take on a Swedish cult would be considered a thriller. Maybe, if Ari Aster had shared some of the acid or shrooms with me, I would’ve enjoyed this more. But I didn’t stop watching, and that’s not Ari’s fault.
I do give the movie props for it being beautifully filmed. The setting is gorgeous. The story is strange as are the events surrounding it; a Swedish cult that brings in new blood so they aren’t all interbred. The “effects” aren’t anything special, I can do the same thing with video editing software that I have on my computer. Speaking of editing, Midsommer could use some more.
If you are looking for horror, Midsommer is not the movie to watch, it’s barely a thriller. However, if you are looking for a strange, acid trip, this is a good choice.
In can’t give Midsommer anything more than 2 out of 5 Stars.