So, iHorror faithful, have you all seen Midsommar yet? I saw it opening day and was not disappointed. Then again, I also loved director Ari Aster’s first film, Hereditary. Unfortunately, it seems Midsommar is destined to be incredibly divisive as well.
Just like Hereditary, Midsommar seems to be getting one of two reactions. Either one finds it to be a mesmerizing artistic achievement, or finds it to be an overrated, boring, pretentious slog. Either way, Aster clearly got to make the film he wanted.
Or did he? During a recent Reddit AMA, Aster revealed that he’s currently working on creating an extended cut of the already quite long film, and that this version of Midsommar will be at least a half hour longer than the 147-minute theatrical version.
While Aster didn’t elaborate on what new footage will be included in this extended cut, he’s said previously that he cut almost a film’s worth of material during the editing process. Here’s hoping he puts all the other excised stuff in the Blu-Ray extras too.
Many are sure to respond to Aster’s proclamation with derision, and point out that the theatrical version is long enough. That may be true, but as someone who found Midsommar fascinating, I say bring it on. I want to spend more time in that world.