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Midsommar - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Midsommar - Five Reasons You'll Love It

Ari Aster's 2018 directorial debut Hereditary was a revelation. It was a movie that everyone, whether they were horror aficionados or not, was intrigued by. And, when that intrigue led to sitting down to watch it, it was a movie that scared the hell out of everyone who saw it. 

Now though, he needs a follow-up. And, for that, he takes us away from the dark dampness of Hereditary's suburban Utah and out into the bright Swedish sunshine. 

His new film Midsommar gathers an excellent young cast, which is led by Jack Reynor, Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Ellora Torchia and Archie Madekwe.

Reynor and Pugh play Christian and Dani, a young couple who travel to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for its fabled mid-summer festival.

The trip begins as an idyllic retreat, but quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Aster is on writing and directing duty here. 

Midsommar hit DVD shelves on Monday (October 28th), but we caught an early preview and have put together five reasons why you'll love it...

 

It's very stylish...

All the praise Aster received for Hereditary has put a spring in his step. This is a very confidently directed film. The transitions are swish, the camera angles are experimental and the lucid cinematography all add up to a stylish, but thoroughly unsettling watch. 

 

But very, very out there...

Aster has worked hard to give this film a trippy, psychedelic feel. It's seductive and troubling to witness. That said, when the gore comes, it is as grisly as anything you'll see on screen this year. 

 

Florence Pugh continues to wow...

 

Florence Pugh seems to be on a mission to prove that she can just about anything. She's on DVD this week commanding a big-hearted wrestling comedy, and has wowed in tortuous drama Lady Macbeth and offbeat coming of age story The Falling. Now she can add horror star to her list. As Dani, she's the portal to all the story's madness and she commands the film superbly. 

 

The supporting cast are superbly chosen...

Jack Reynor's is great as Dani's feckless boyfriend Christian, as is Vilhelm Blomgren, who plays local boy Pelle. Will Poulter and William Jackson Harper are on great form too. Only Harper is an American native, but all their accents are flawless too. 

 

It's a slow burn, but you're never bored...

At 147 minutes, this is not a short, sharp shock. This is a languid, elegant film, which builds slowly and gradually. Don't get us wrong, it's profoundly unsettling from the get-go, but to earn the madness of the last half hour, you need plenty of room to get there. 

 

Midsommar is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (October 28th). 

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