June 20, 2021

‘Midsommar’ and ‘Cats’ Kinda Have the Same Plot and I Don’t Like It One Bit

After some confusion, Midsommar is finally streaming on Amazon Prime. (The streaming platform had originally planned on a January 3 release date for the horror film, which was pushed to January 10, leaving fans of Ari Aster feeling a bit like Florence Pugh after she sees her boyfriend having sex with a young Swedish girl.)

But I’m not here to talk about that. I’m here to talk about the fact that—and I’m so very sorry about this next clause—the plot of Midsommar is distressingly similar to the plot of Cats. I know. I know. If it helps, I intentionally avoided the claws/clause pun, in an effort to make this terrible mews easier to swallow.

It’s hardly a spoiler to say that Midsommar, written and directed by the man who brought you Hereditary, is about a murder cult. It’s pretty obvious from all the paintings of people getting murdered that we see in the first half of the film. Plus, when you’re watching a movie from Ari Aster and it takes place at a Swedish festival that happens every 90 years? Yeah, that’s a murder cult.

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