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In fact, Christian (Jack Reynor) was about to end his relationship with Dani (Florence Pugh). But then it comes to a tragedy and for Christian it's clear that he has to be there for his girlfriend now. He even goes so far as to invite her on a trip to Sweden, which he actually only wanted to enjoy with his buddies Mark (Will Poulter), Josh (William Jackson Harper) and the Swedish exchange student Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren). The young men aren't enthusiastic about Dani coming at first, but don't want to let the fun spoil them. Finally, they were invited to attend the special Midsummer Festival of a small village community - a real honour, as Pelle assures them. And indeed it seems to become a holiday full of love and bliss - until the true character of the festival reveals itself to the guests…
With "Midsommar" director Ari Aster presents the sequel to his acclaimed feature film debut "Hereditary - The Legacy", which is eagerly awaited by many genre fans. This time, too, the filmmaker takes a lot of time to build up a very special atmosphere before the horror strikes with full force. However, this horror trip to Sweden reveals more weaknesses than Aster's debut. I'm not necessarily talking about Florence Pugh getting on the nerves of a leading actress very quickly because Aster lets her character Dani run around hysterically howling too often. It's rather the fact that it often seems as if he's almost forced to press the brakes at narrative speed in order not to be assigned to the mainstream.
This seems like being special just for the sake of being special. Yeah, "Midsommar" has some really strong moments. Even though nobody will be remembered as long as a very special scene from "Hereditary - The Legacy", the film manages to leave a certain impression through these moments. It's also good that Aster treads some bizarre paths and shows his audience things they haven't actually seen before. But he should not lose sight of the fact that a work that scratches the two and a half hour mark should not only be different, but also entertaining in a certain way. It may be that there are viewers for whom it is enough that the movie is not mainstream, that it is weird and unadapted. But objectively, that's not enough to make a really good movie at the end.
So "Midsommar" leaves a somewhat ambivalent impression. On the one hand, Aster can play to its strengths as a filmmaker and manages to prove that "Hereditary - The Legacy" was no creative coincidence. On the other hand, the horror drama is too bulky, too exhausting and much too tenacious to be able to convince with the exaggeratedly long running time. And so the bottom line is that the "Worth seeing" is only worth seeing with small swabs.
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