MIDSOMMAR…wth did I just watch?

I left the theater laughing.

Ok let me backup, the movie was not all bad. The cinematography was some of the best I've ever seen. The shots were beautiful and made me feel like I was in Sweden. Also, Florence Pugh's acting was 10/10 phenomenal and I expect her to get a lot of awards. I also loved how Ari Aster made me feel like I was one of the cult people (I don't even know what to call them) when he broke the fourth wall before the two elders kill themselves.

Scene from Ari Aster's Midsommar (2019)

But even with those few things I found myself finding more bad with the movie than good.

Midsommar was strongest at the beginning. After they arrive in Sweden it goes downhill and at times I was completely lost. There were some side narratives that were unnecessary like Christian and Josh fighting for the thesis topic and Josh and the village girl's romance that took away from the core storyline and made the movie confusing. I didn't know what side stories were important and turns out none of them were.

The movie wasn't scary enough. The only thing I found creepy were the images of her parents and sister's death and the elders faces smashed in . Other than that I found most of the scenes super long and boring and when they weren't boring I was laughing. People in the theater, including myself, were laughing. Last time I checked we were supposed to be scared not cracking up at the scenes. At times the storyline was so wacked out that it was just funny. I mean the weird group sex scene and pubic hair pie that wasn't scary it was just hilarious.

Isabelle Grill as Maja in Midsommar (2019)

Midsommar also felt unfinished. I hate when movies leave too much up in the air. I mean are we supposed to believe that Dani, with her tragic background, just went along with her boyfriend (granted, he was a horrible one) and friends dying as part of some cult ritual and then being apart of a society that requires death by suicide after her sister just committed suicide?? No, I can't believe that.

Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor in Midsommar (2019)

I give this movie a 4/10 for the cinematography and acting, that was the most enjoyable part.

Did I waste my time seeing this movie? Yes, I did, I would have much rather gone to see Rocketman or Toy Story 4 again.

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