brian-mcgee - June 25, 2019
The more this summer movie season slogs along, the more I think we're all craving something that's not a sequel, remake, reboot, and rebranding, and thankfully it arrives next weekend with Ari Aster's Midsommar. The director of last summer's sleeper hit Hereditary is back with his second horror flick in a row, this one a Scandinavian horror in the sun-drenched spirit of The Wicker Man or even something like The Hills Have Eyes.
British actress Florence Pugh is having a quite a run lately with star making turns every few months, and she's really going to take off when she joins the MCU in Black Widow, so buy her stock now because it's only going higher. The supporting cast also includes two other UK actors playing Americans, the Irish Jack Reynor and the English Will Poulter.
Honestly, the only thing I'm hesitant about is that 140 minute running time. Something about that makes me think that they're going to take their sweet ass time getting to Sweden, and there's gonna be all kinds of table setting around that. At the same time, long horror films can work fantastically so long as they can sustain dread. Though many have tried, few have succeeded, so despite my love for Hereditary, it remains to be seen if Ari Aster is the real deal or just a guy who got unusually lucky.
Midsommar opens on July 3.
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