Monday, November 11, 2019

"Midsommar": the Wisecrack exegesis

For those who read my review of "Midsommar" and/or saw the film, the following Wisecrack video, which analyzes the movie's symbolism and underlying philosophy, might be of interest:

The exegesis does confirm my feeling that a lot of the movie was randomly cobbled together; the video notes that the actual Midsommar festival has nothing to do with cliff-jumping elders, weird sex rituals, drug use, and human sacrifice. That said, the video defends the filmmakers' attempts to inject symbolic meaning into the proceedings, noting that the director, Ari Aster, "did his homework" when he researched Nordic culture, especially regarding the use of runes and their cosmic significance. Interesting spiel, in all.

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