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MIDSOMMAR (2019): The Things I Liked

Midsommar (2019), Florence Pugh, A24
Midsommar (2019), Florence Pugh, A24

I wanted to watch Midsommar because it came recommended by many. I needed to watch Midsommar because the murals in the very intriguing trailer looked great. I had to watch Midsommar because of its young, talented cast, mainly Florence Pugh and Will Poulter.

Now that I’ve finally seen Midsommar, what I really wouldn’t have done is watch Midsommar; had I remembered that it is, in fact, a horror film.

For those who might be thinking ’How could you not have known?’ Well, in my defence, the trailer I initially saw didn’t scream ‘scary movie,’ and neither did the synopsis, at first.

The original synopsis said something along the lines of ‘Things start to go awry on a summer trip after a young woman reluctantly caves in and goes along with her boyfriend’. Now, doesn’t this sound more like ‘relationship woes’ than ‘increasingly violent and bizarre competition involving a Pagan cult?’

The things that impressed me most about director Ari Aster’s film, in addition to the performances include the story and tension. There’s also the sense of dread and the general unease that never seems to leave, but instead expertly builds and builds until the very dark and scary end. There’s also the memorable vulnerability and intensity in the way the opening scenes are captured.

The main thing I wish wasn’t quite so is how long it took for things to unfold at specific points. For example, approximately fifty minutes in, there’s a ceremony that went on for eternity, before a scary revelation happened. I also found it irksome to watch several of the characters make some extremely poor decisions; the kind that went against every single one of my survival instincts.

For everyone who isn’t a horror fan, including the version of me before watching this movie, ‘Stop right there!’ For the rest of you, enjoy!

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DARK WATERS (2019): NEW TRAILER From Anne Hathaway, Mark Ruffalo, William Jackson Harper, Bill Pullman…

Dark Waters (2019), Mark Riffalo, Focus Features

In new biography / drama Dark Waters, Mark Ruffalo is a corporate defense attorney who takes on a chemical company with a lengthy history of environmental pollution.

Additional key cast includes Anne Hathaway, William Jackson Harper, Bill Pullman…

As a Ruffalo fan, his role in Spotlight (2015 ) where his character fought tirelessly for abuse victims came to mind almost immediately as this trailer played. Then followed Julia Roberts’s great work in Erin Brockovitch (2000).

I’m ready to discover any additional similarities and / or differences between the three; as well as to learn more about the DuPont chemical leaks.

Tim Robbins, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, Bill Camp, Louisa Krause, Kevin Crowley, Daniel R. Hill, Lisa DeRoberts, Denise Dal Vera, Chaney Morrow and Marc Hockl also star.

Dark Waters Release Dates: November 22nd, 2019 (US); January 24th, 2019 (US)…

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MIDSOMMAR (2019): New Trailer From Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper, Jack Reynor…

Midsommar (2019), Will Poulter, A24
Midsommar (2019), Will Poulter, A24

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Midsommar (2019).

From writer / director Ari Aster, Midsommar is a new horror / mystery starring  Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper and Jack Reynor. 

Things start to go awry on a summer trip after a young woman reluctantly caves in and goes along with her boyfriend…

First of all, I really rather like the illustrations in this trailer. I’m also interested because of the cast and my curiosity about the young woman’s initial reluctance. Clearly sometimes, if not all the time, one really ought to trust one’s instincts.

Archie Madekwe, Julia Ragnarsson, Björn Andrésen, Anna Åström and Henrik Norlén also star.

Midsommar Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US), August 16th, 2019 (UK)…

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