alinaanna’s review published on Letterboxd:
Ari you magnificent psycho, you did it again! This movie is brilliantly directed and brilliantly shot. I truly believe Ari is one of the best horror directors living today. Or perhaps one of the best directors, period. This movie isn't your typical horror movie, which is probably why it won't be mainstream and it won't be as popular as Jordan Peeles movies that are much easier to consume for the general public. But Ari Aster makes real horror. Nowadays horror movies tend to be overproduced, over flashy, they rely on CGI , special effects or jump scares to frighten you. And then a lot of the time they fail to do that. Ari Aster uses the story and visuals to create tension, to put you on the edge. Both Hereditary and Midsommar have an incredibly unsettling atmosphere. The viewer doesnt even know why or what's going to happen, but the sense of impending doom is creeping in slowly but surely. Midsommar was absolutely brilliant. There were scenes that made me silently mouth WTF to myself, mixed with dialogue that made everyone in the theater laugh out loud. Somehow they combined dark comedy and existential horror and moving portrayals of grief and suffering into one story. The movie is twisted and unusual, it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea. But I hope everyone can appreciate the brilliance of it anyway. It really felt like..not strictly horror but a tour de force of Ari Aster and his cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski (who did Hereditary too and who is Polish which makes me weirdly proud, as a Polish person) This nightmare in broad daylight gets a nine out of ten from me, because this isn't just a horror movie, this is a piece of art, the art of filmmaking. Just the work they did on the colors of the movie, damn! I've read someone referring to this as psychologically jarring cinematic experience and I think it's a perfect description .