The ‘Midsommar’ Director’s Cut Comes to Theaters This Friday
Just weeks after the theatrical cut of Ari Aster’s Midsommar debuted in theaters, Aster’s “director’s cut” is making its own theatrical debut. The new version opens in select theaters this Friday.
The Midsommar director’s cut runs 171 minutes, compared with the 147 minutes of the original version that opened in theaters in June. The new cut recently premiered at Lincoln Center’s Film Society as part of their annual Scary Movies festival; it generally received very enthusiastic praise from critics. Here’s a new trailer for this version (which is slightly NSFW):
The film’s official synopsis:
Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the first Midsommar, and honestly thought that version felt a little long, so an extra half hour doesn’t sound too appealing to me. If you dug it and wanted more, then this is the perfect opportunity for exactly that; you can find tickets here.
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