Florence Pugh as Dani in "Midsommar"
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By now you've probably heard of or seen the wildly disturbing horror flick Midsommar, but if not, then stop reading because there are spoilers ahead.

Fans of Ari Aster's earlier supernatural horror/drama Hereditary recognize the director's ability to highlight relationships through hyper-disturbing elements on screen. The highly acclaimed director's second feature-length horror film is about both a sacrificial, ritualistic Swedish cult and breakups, perhaps even more so about the latter. 

The movie follows Dani (Florence Pugh) as she recovers from a family tragedy that occurs very early in the film; she leans on her flighty and distant boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor), but he is clearly not invested in the relationship and mostly stays with her out of guilt. Christian and his jerk friends, including Black Mirror: Bandersnatch's Will Poulter and The Good Place's William Jackson Harper, plan a trip to Sweden to visit their college friend Pelle's (Vilhelm Blomgren) unorthodox commune. Dani tags along on the trip at the last minute, much to the chagrin of Christian and his pals.

Once the group has arrived, it quickly becomes clear that the community is not what they anticipated, and a few outsiders, including Dani, want to get out of there. After a lengthy two hours of grisly and enchanting visuals, however, Dani comes to be accepted by the commune that lends her support in a way she's never experienced; her relationship with Christian then comes to a violent end. 

The movie was a ride for anyone who sat through the two-and-a-half-hour runtime, but couples who sat down expecting a typical jump-scare horror movie left the theater deeply unsettled. While the cult was creepy and strange, the true horror came from the moments rooted in reality. 

Aster called the movie a horror film about codependency, and wrote it based on his own experience with breakups. 

Critics lauded the movie for its ability to confuse and capture audiences with stunning visuals while maintaining the frightening and disturbing elements necessary for a scary movie to stand out. Get Out director Jordan Peele also shared that it was one of his favorite horror movies of the year. 

Aster and one of the stars of Midsommar, Jack Reynor, talked with Vice about the breakup theme throughout the movie. "Midsommar for me was my breakup movie that felt as big, consuming, and cataclysmic as breakups tend to feel. It's not the end of the world, but in a way it is," Aster said. 

Surviving the movie with a significant other is a true testament to the strength of any relationship. 

Knowing what you know now, view the film with caution. The movie magnifies all of the toxic traits in relationships that have run their course. From Dani's constant apologizing — something women have been societally trained to do — to Christian's dismissive and careless behavior, moments like these hold a mirror up to bad relationships. 

Examining the adverse qualities of the on-screen couple could have viewers thinking about their own relationships more thoroughly. "Gonna watch Midsommar with my boyfriend today let’s see if the relationship takes a hit," one person tweeted. 

The moments rooted in reality are what make the otherwise fantastical story hit home. 

The mentality of the "bro squad," with Christian, Mark (Poulter), and Josh (Jackson Harper), shines a light on how many straight women feel when surrounded by their boyfriend's masculine pals. Despite the horrific and gruesome depictions of suicide, ritualistic sacrifices, and frightening drug trips, one fan thought the uncomfortable moments between Dani and Christian's friends were the scariest parts of the whole movie. 

"Also can we talk about #Midsommar’s devastatingly accurate depiction of being the girlfriend around your straight boyfriend’s hostile bro squad? Despite the horror that comes later, those awkward moments were some of the most uncomfortable for me. And that is SAYING SOMETHING," the tweet reads. 

One woman joked about the violent and disturbing ending for Christian. 

The movie wraps up with Dani finding a home among the Swedish community while the rest of the crew meet untimely ends. At the end of the movie, Dani is given the  choice to choose between her boyfriend and a new family, and she makes a jarring choice. 

One person tweeted, "immediately after #MidsommarMovie ended, i whispered in my boyfriend’s ear 'this is what will happen to you if you cheat on me.'" 

Many movies spark viral challenges after their release, like the Get Out running challenge. Midsommar's is just to make it through the movie without breaking up. 

One person joked that the Midsommar movie challenge is simply to make it through the movie with a romantic partner. 

"If the Get Out challenge was running straight at people and veering away last second, the Midsommar challenge is just taking your long term boyfriend to see Midsommar," the tweet reads. 

People in healthy relationships should have no fear of going to see the movie, but any toxic traits will be highlighted after viewing. 

Despite the horror elements, the movie was visually stunning. 

The idyllic surroundings and trippy hallucinations in the film made for an aesthetically pleasing two and a half hours. Florence Pugh's giant flower dress at the end of the movie is sure to be the costume for 2019 Halloween. While most fans were thinking about how to get out of relationships following the premiere, one was thinking about wedding plans. 

"Seriously considering #Midsommar as a potential future wedding theme but for some reason my bf isn’t on board," the person joked in a tweet. As gorgeous as the movie is, something tells me "sacrificial cult" isn't going to pop up on too many Pinterest wedding boards. 

Ultimately the movie left couples feeling deeply unsettled, and that's exactly what the director wanted. 

One person shared on Twitter that they left the film speechless: "If you are a horror fan, highly recommend watching #midsommar. me and my bf straight up couldn’t even talk about it after we left, we were that uncomfortable. deeply unsettling. 10/10."

"If anything, I wanted the audience to walk out feeling confused about what they were feeling. The movie is designed to ramp up to a crescendo and a certain catharsis, and I was hoping that it played as cathartic in a way that audiences would have to wrestle with afterward," Aster told Vice