Warning: Spoiler Alerts—Swedes Gone Mad
Alice in Wonderland, created by Lewis Carroll, is now a character in the novel Jane Eyre Gets Real. Like everyone else staying home during the #coronavirus pandemic, she’s catching up on her movies. Having missed #Midsommar the first go-round she watched it on #AmazonPrime last night. It was freaky even for her, a former denizen of Wonderland.
Petite blonde actress #FlorencePugh (Amy in the recent Little Women remake) might play Alice one day. She has the right look for it. Meanwhile in Midsommar she revels in the lead role of Dani. Distraught by the recent deaths of her whole family, she goes with her passive aggressive boyfriend, Christian, and his annoying friends on a trip to #Sweden. What happens next? Let’s just say the Swedish tourist board may NOT want to show this film on their flights! While romping about the countryside, in the midst of a Scandinavian cult that would put Wickerman’s Summer Isle to shame, Dani’s companions are murdered (euphemism: sacrificed), but not before they get high on bad mushrooms, witness the voluntary deaths of two seniors, complete with face-pummeling, and have various other encounters of the creepiest kind. Alice can imagine the elevator pitch: Come for the beautiful peasant embroidery; stay for the eviscerated bear!
Midsommar does have two points in its favor. Nightmares played out in open space and gorgeous sunlight deliver twice the impact. And Florence Pugh gives a concentrated performance that keeps Dani, at least, from looking ridiculous–plus she gets to be Queen of the May! Unfortunately her other cast members don’t fare as well, in every sense of the word. Before he is “charmed” into participating in the world’s most uncomfortable orgy Christian, played by #PrinceHarry lookalike, Jack Reynor, must deliver such lines as “Did I just eat a pubic hair?” He doesn’t seem to know whether to laugh or cry and neither does the audience. The other actors are even worse. Maybe they deserve to be killed, alright, alright, “sacrificed.”
No bears were harmed in the making of this movie. Alice only hopes the same can be said for the Swedes.