Glad Midsommar - or "Happy Midsummer" - the Swedes warble to each other on Midsummer's Eve, that happy day in June when they celebrate the sunny season with flowers tucked in hair, greenery displayed everywhere, and maypoles surrounded by frolicking peasants. Such cheery props become a lot more sinister in Midsommar, the 2019 summer film written and directed by Ari Aster, known for Hereditary, which some consider one of the greatest horror movies of all time.
The folk horror film, set in a stunningly deceiving sunny Sweden, follows a troubled young American couple, played by Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor, as they participate in a Midsommar festival celebration. This is not a rom-com. Although it's got humor and romance, it's more about a creepy cult and totally messed-up relationship than a bucolic romp.
Those who have seen the film are eagerly sharing their reviews on Twitter, equally charmed and terrified by its contrasting light and dark, humor and horror.