Ari Aster's Midsommar (2019)

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  1. MOVIELORD101 Utter Smeghead

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    Care to elaborate in spoiler tags?
     
  2. harlequinade The May Queen

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    LOL the characters are far more interesting than Hereditary, especially Dani. I don't know what you read, maybe someone trolled you.
     
  3. C Prometheus Registered

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    Nah, as much as I enjoyed the script, I have to disagree there. Dani and the main Swedish guy are the only two characters I found to be very interesting and/or likable, whereas I quite enjoyed both Peter and Annie as characters and generally rooted for the family as a whole in Hereditary.

    I can very easily see Midsommar not landing as well with audiences as Hereditary did due to the characters if this is largely the same as the leaked draft. Ultimately this whole thing is riding on Florence Pugh's performance as Dani and whether that character carries the film for most audiences IMO.
     
  4. The Shape In the shadows

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    Despite how great it was, Hereditary already had a mixed reaction from audiences.
     
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  5. Boom I got nothin'

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    Yep. Of all the people I've recommended Hereditary to, only one of them ended up loving it. Everybody else was either "meh" on it or outright hated it. Which is especially devastating to me because it's legit one of my favorite horror movies of all time.

    If Midsommar is even less accessible than that film, this may be in for a hard time at theaters.
     
  6. Blitzkrieg Registered

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    Hereditary actually had decent WoM for such a divisive film. It's especially excellent for an auteur driven horror film.

    I mean it's post OW legs were really impressive (3.24 multiplier off of a 13.6m OW). The cinema-score (D+) indicated a swift death at the BO but Hereditary almost inexplicably did really well against all odds. It did serve as a counter-programming option w.r.t the other movies during summer but nothing really suggested a healthy BO run after the opening.

    It's also A24's highest grossing movie till date (Lady Bird is bigger in the dbo @ 48m but Hereditary beat the Greta Gerwig movie by 0.4m worldwide).
     
  7. harlequinade The May Queen

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    But it wasn't about likable but dimensional. Were characters in Hereditary really that complex? Not really. I find those in Midsommar you mentioned much more interesting.
     
  8. harlequinade The May Queen

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    I think it's gonna be more accessible, the ending is more satisfying and the story as a whole is more straightforward than Hereditary
     
  9. Boom I got nothin'

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    And just to confirm, there are zero supernatural elements to this one right?
     
  10. harlequinade The May Queen

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    None, as far as I remember
     
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    I'm not sure I agree with this either tbh.

    The ending is definitely more satisfying and memorable than Hereditary's, but the pacing of the film could be problematic. I really liked the script myself, but as the others mentioned before, Hereditary had mixed reactions from mass audiences and I would argue that Midsommar is an even slower burn that really circles around a largely unlikable cast (admittedly via mostly the POV of a dynamic main protag in Dani).

    There's a lot of stuff in there that has me a bit nervous on how the reception of the film turns out.
     
  12. harlequinade The May Queen

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    Eh I only care about the reception if the film is a huge blockbuster and HAS TO earn money. With horrors I only care about my enjoyment.
     
  13. Sawyer High King

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    Chidi being in this movie still tickles me.
     
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  14. harlequinade The May Queen

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    He's in the Bad Place now :p
     
  15. harlequinade The May Queen

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    Reportedly 140 mins :D
     
  16. scarlet-witch Stormborn

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    I've had the same issue with Hereditary. I loved it, but no one I recommended it to did. The best I got was "it's fine." Hopefully those people will be more into this but I have no hope for them. :p
     
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    Awesome!
     
  18. Kane52630 Incubi User

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    It's so cool they were able to get Katy Perry to do the music video for the movie. :o

     
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    To those who have read the leaked script: do you think the run time is a good thing? Is it a slow burn?
     
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    I'm honestly surprised it's that long, the script seemed more in line with a 2 hour movie (and frankly I was hoping some stuff would get cut). Wonder if Aster added some stuff later.

    Maybe the movie warrants the run-time, but I've become a little wary as it feels like modern Hollywood movies don't know how to kill their darlings any more. I would have liked Blade Runner 2049 and the new Suspiria a lot better if they had pared out some of the more unnecessary plot elements.
     
  23. harlequinade The May Queen

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    Midsommar is pretty straightforward tho and doesn't have unnecessary plot elements like whatever the hell that subplot with Tilda as a dude in Suspiria was
     
  24. Boom I got nothin'

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    Suspiria was a slog to get through. Some stunning cinematography throughout, but altogether I think I enjoyed maybe 10 minutes of that movie.
     

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