Jarno Maertens’s review published on Letterboxd:
Next level Vitamin D ☀️🌸💮🏵️🌻
Everybody get your sunglasses and flower hats ready and let the festivities commence! Lady Macbeth star Florence Pugh guides us through a hellish folk-nightmare in the middle of Sweden... and it's horrifying.
Now there aren't a lot of scares here but the slow build-up crawls under your skin, and leaves you with a feeling you can't quite describe even after you've experienced it. Midsommar starts with an enormous family tragedy that's burned in my mind forever and left me 'exhausted'.
This is one of the seldom seen horror movies that have a message to tell: about the importance of sharing your grief with people who care (even if a bit extreme) and are EMPATHIC to your feelings. Dani (Florence Pugh) is completely isolated from her home and emotionally from her boyfriend which makes her vulnerable. The movie is a healing process and wants to deal with depression and/or anxiety.
“Do you feel held by him? Does he feel like home to you?”
What stands out is how relatable the main characters felt. Everything before the flight to Sweden was so easy to recognize, that alone was kinda freaky in a retrospective way. Florence Pugh sells her character completely (and has a beautiful voice if I may add). I’ve said it before but she’s now becoming my favourite actress. It made me sad to see her cry and suffer so much.
The culty paganism was expected to be weirder. It was odd, but nothing about it was incredibly outlandish as far as horror goes. It felt like it was predictable in its unpredictability. Whole sequences felt like an adult fairy tale of cathartic redemption, also symbolized in the path of yellow sunflowers.
Lastly, I’d like to praise the cinematography and director Ari Aster. What a sight to be hold. I wish I could see the longer cut.