The Ending Of Midsommar Explained
- Published: 09 July 2019
- Midsommar is a movie about a relationship going up in flames - literally. Writer-director Ari Aster has described it as more of a breakup movie than a horror film, one that he hopes will leave people, quote, "feeling a little bit confused about how to feel." So: what happened?
As Aster has explained in many interviews, Midsommar is about a relationship coming to an end. He told USA Today,
"The goal was ultimately to make a big, operatic breakup movie that feels the way breakups actually feel: catastrophic, like the world is ending."
Like a lot of great horror movies, you're not really supposed to take everything that happens in Midsommar literally. Whether all of this weird stuff is actually happening isn't nearly as important as how the characters react to it - particularly Dani.
Altered states and hallucinations play a big role in Midsommar's story, and subjectivity is important to how the plot unfolds. From Dani's perspective, the story plays out as a series of increasingly-shocking revelations. The movie looks a lot different from the perspective of Pelle , the member of the Hårga commune. Out of all of Christian's friends who come to the Hårga festival, he's the only one who knows what's going to happen.
The audience also gets competing perspectives of Dani and Christian's relationship. The audience sees Dani going through an incredibly traumatic time, needing the support of a loved one more than ever. But we also get a look at Christian's perspective, seeing a guy who's falling out of love with his girlfriend and tired of dealing with her drama, whether any of it is her fault or not. Complicating matters are Christian's friends, most of whom clearly don't like Dani, and are encouraging Christian to pull away.
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Breaking up is hard to do | 0:18
Dani the doormat | 1:50
Flowers on the wall | 2:35
Ritualistic uncoupling | 3:49
Feel my pain | 5:05
MidWicker | 5:46
God of Vengeance | 6:36