Midsommar ★★★★½

(Director's Cut; did not see Theatrical beforehand)

Superlatively both disturbing and beautifully shot, I dig the hypnotic slow burn about a relationship that needs to end. Through the lens of horror and paganism, the whole affair is dialed up to a visceral 11. Even though I leave Ari Aster's movies deeply disturbed, even when I have problems with them, I do love that his movies are about darkness in the absence of love - and that we will do whatever we can to fill that hole, even if none of it is healthy. While I wouldn't immediately place Midsommar in the horror canon like I would Hereditary, I do think I prefer this one. And give Florence Pugh an Oscar, or a Globe, or at least every nomination!

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