Opinion: Why Midsommar is the Perfect Date Movie


Before you say anything, just hear me out. I guarantee by the end of this article I can convince you that Midsommar, directed by Ari Aster, is the perfect movie to go see on a date. Sure, it’s been hailed as an ‘idyllic horror film’ and ‘a nonstop panic attack,’ but those two qualities don’t immediately rule out the fact that it might help you snuggle up with someone special in a dark theater. So, without further ado, let me take you on a journey through this Swedish thriller and explain exactly why you should take your boo to the next screening of the director’s cut as soon as possible. Spoilers ahead.


At the center of this film we find Dani and Christian, a couple on the rocks and going through all of that while visiting the bizarre commune their friend Pelle took them to in the north of Sweden. Christian is their with his buddies, Josh and Mark, and reluctantly invited Dani when his attempts to gaslight her about it didn’t work the way he expected. Dani has just lost her parents and sister and is in a raw place emotionally to say the least. Then, when they get to Sweden, they continuously do drugs like mushrooms, adding more fuel to the fire.


They are incredibly well-adjusted and ready to handle this situation, is what I’m saying. But, you don’t need to worry about their relationship in order to have a good date. You only need to pay attention to your boo’s reaction to what is happening in the movie.


For instance, how do they react to Pelle? I mean, “Do you feel held by him? Does he feel like home to you?” Those are some lines man. If your date falls for Pelle early in the film, they might be someone you want to truly hold and love. One caveat is that, if they fall for them later in the film, you might be a little bit concerned. This is why this movie is great for dates, it can weed people out that you don’t want to see these movies with. Plus, you can find out if they are a sociopath, which, no judgment, but it’s probably something you will want to know.


And then, at the end when you celebrate with Dani as she makes it to the end transformed, you can leave with your date knowing full well that you would do the same to them if things go south. And isn’t that what the dating world is really all about?


Still not convinced? Well, that’s your problem, not mine. I can’t do everything for you.






This was written by Nathan Ellwood who once went to Norway and didn’t even get roped into one cult. What a disappointment. Follow him @NPEllwood.


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