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Midsommar (2019)

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  1. steve jaros

    steve jaros Supporting Actor

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    Title: Midsommar

    Tagline: Let the festivities begin.

    Genre: Horror, Drama, Mystery

    Director: Ari Aster

    Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper, Anna Åström, Julia Ragnarsson, Liv Mjönes, Björn Andrésen, Louise Peterhoff, Anki Larsson, Klaudia Csányi, Anders Back, Gunnel Fred, Rebecka Johnston, Isabelle Grill, Tomas Engström, Archie Madekewe, Katarina Weidhagen van Hal, Ellora Torchia, Vilhelm Blomgren, Hampus Hallberg, Lars Väringer, Tove Skeidsvoll, Lennart R. Svensson, Anders Beckman, Balázs Megyeri

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    Runtime: 147

    Plot: A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

     
  2. steve jaros

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    Saw Midsommar yesterday and can recommend it pretty highly. It's a long film but doesn't feel like it, as the horror and dramatic tension build nicely throughout. Well written and acted, and with excellent pace.

    802/1000
     
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    Looks like a riff on The Wicker Man.
     
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    There's also a little bit of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre thrown in there too. Not that it steals from TCSM but there's a couple points that I was reminded of it.

    I saw this last night and it's a disturbing movie. Well worth seeing if you were fan of Hereditary. I was surprised that the theater was fairly full with a mainstream audience because it is definitely not a mainstream horror movie.
     
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    What was the audience reaction to the picture? I think horror is popular because people want to be manipulated by a film. They want to see if it frightens or disturbs them. It's kind of like getting strapped into an amusement park ride where you are going to take the ride and safely be tossed around by it. It feels scary in the moment but you know these things won't really get you or harm you.

    I thought Hereditary was a skillfully made film, certainly it set out to disturb people...

    until the climax which just becomes unhinged.

    It played as a family drama for a good portion of the running time and terribly sad drama at that. It did have a scene in it I wished I had never watched which kind of left me not wanting to revisit it.

    I will probably check this out. Not sure if I will get to it in a cinema but I will at some point get around to it.
     
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    Based on the grumbling I heard as people quickly went to the doors, I'm going to say it was mostly negative. You're right about why people like horror movies but Midsommar succeeds at being more than an amusement ride. Without getting into spoilers, the horror isn't fun, it's trying to unsettle people with disturbing events and very realistic violence. It's not like a Saw sequel (where it's just gross for the sake of being gross) and it's not 2 and a half hours of gore but when it is violent, it doesn't look away from how horrible violence is.
     
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    Amazing. That is word-for-word exact the phrase that popped into my mind when I read the plot summary above.
     
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    It's 81 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but I can't trust that because Hereditary is 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and that is the most inert, dreadfully slow, poorly constructed movie I've ever seen. There's something about Aster's brand of horror than really works for some people and really doesn't for other people, and I definitely fall into the latter camp.
     
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    I haven't seen this movie yet, but I liked Hereditary much more than I did The Witch. I do think that Critics are more inclined to like movies that are strange because it stands out to them among the 100+ movies they have to go to theaters to watch a year.
     
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    I liked it! Wow. My rating: "A-"
     
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    Cinemascore is C+. Hereditary had a D+.
     
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    Agreed. But IMO it is considerably better than both the 1973 original WM or the 2000s Cage version.
     
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    Imho Midsommar is MUCH better than Hereditary.

    My rating for Hereditary would be about a "C," but as I already mentioned Midsommar is an A- for me.
     
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    Saw it last night, kinda scarred from the viewing experience...
     
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    In a good or bad way?;)
     
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    I'll have to disagree with you on that. While I think Midsommar certainly has a more interesting story, I think it suffers from bad pacing. I think it would have been an amazing film at 100-110 minutes, but some of those scenes drag on far too long. I can't even imagine what the extra added 30 minutes are going to do to the pacing. Hereditary was tight and flowed much better by comparison.
     
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    Yes.
     

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