Midsommar ★★

Folk horror in a similar vein to the Wicker Man, except less effective and much, much longer. Midsommar is slow burn in the extreme. The film spends the first hour of its obnoxiously long runtime to set up the simple scenario and characters. We follow a group of anthropology students (plus one of their girlfriends) who head over to Sweden to join a solstice festival or something. The film has no particular story to tell. There's no engaging mystery, no tension. It's paced somewhere between an intelligent meditation on a different culture and a silly summercamp slasher flick, with all the depth of the latter. All of the plus points are in the form of the aesthetic. The film is set during the midnight sun, so it's beautiful daylight all the way through. This completely forsakes the concept of time and gives rise to some nice looking visuals - a dance scene towards the end is a major highlight in this respect. It all boils to a preposterous and predictable ending. Most seem to think that this film is an improvement over Aster's Hereditary but I disagree. I'm not a big fan of that one either but this one is worse. Midsommar is more Wicker Man remake than Wicker Man, and it doesn't even have a scene with the bees! OH, NO, NOT THE BEES! NOT THE BEES! AAAAAHHHHH! OH, THEY'RE IN MY EYES! MY EYES! AAAAHHHHH! AAAAAGGHHH

March Around the World 2020 Challenge #13/30 - Sweden

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