The Movie: 8/10
I have no idea where to start or what to say about this movie. Don’t be alarmed, this is a good thing. The less I want to say, the better the movie. True story.
This story grinds us in, slowly, frighteningly, but almost without knowing what’s happening. I was lulled, or hypnotized, or something like what the Pied Piper did to those children, I just went along without any resistance. I’m having a hard time explaining my experience with this movie, but that’s also a good thing. If I can’t find common ways to describe any movie or artwork, it means it’s interesting and compelling beyond the standard offerings. I like standard too, but when it gets weird, and MidSommar gets really weird, I’m all in.
A story about a young woman dealing with grief and a strained relationship might not sound weird, but when you watch what journey she goes on, well, you’ll know what I mean once she and her friends arrive at a village where everyone is wearing white and acting very fictional.
This movie has ugly and beautiful and stressful and confined and freedom, which is an excellent combination. There are more things in this world that we know nothing about than we will ever know. It’s not a real place and these are not real events, but somehow I wonder if there could be some version in real life….scary, but fascinating. Rituals, magic, sacrifice, Gods, cults, religions, emotional trauma, revenge, redemption, and a bear suit made from a real bear (not REAL real, just movie real), seriously, I can’t find a way to put all of the themes of this movie together in a review, it’s impossible for me.
It looks amazing. The music and sound mixing is fantastic. The performances are just right. The fear I felt was created by a slow methodical chipping away at my movie watching sanity, which was very satisfying.
MidSommar, it’s not for everyone. 🙂
- Let The Festivities Begin: Manifesting Midsommar (25 Minutes) – A very cool overview of the movie that has a lot of onset footage of Ari Aster and crew.
- Bear In A Cage Promo (2 Minutes) – I have no idea what this is, I assume some promotional material for the movie, its very funny though.
- Blu-ray DVD & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 9/10
Midsommar comes to Blu-ray with a stellar looking 1080P transfer in 2.00:1 aspect ratio. Digitally shot at 8K this movie is truly beautiful and film school scholars will study this for years to come. Midsommar’s main gimmick is the whole movie is bathed in sunlight so there is nowhere to hide from the horror and this Blu-ray emphasizes this. Detail is off the charts and I would love to see a 4K transfer in the future.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is also quite impressive. Surround sound is used throughout the movie to creep you the hell out. Dialog is clean clear and central. The score by artist Bobby Krlic comes through the side channels as the horror unfolds and LFE hits on occasion.
Overall Score 8/10