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.