ayad’s review published on Letterboxd:
whenever i watch a really old movie that has many abstract, overbearing themes i instantly feel detached and a million miles away from what the movie is trying to convey. i'm only saying this now because midsommar feels crafted just like that, like a classic so ambitious and jaw-dropping but the difference is that this time i feel invested and vital to the whole experience. instead of wishing this could be over i found myself wanting more, it was impossible to shy away from this alluring atmosphere that ari aster has so meticulously crafted. i say crafted a lot because this movie feels like a grand sculpture, an immaculate statute that looks gorgeous from afar but is pretty delicate up close. florence pugh is absolutely phenomenal words cannot do her any justice she floored me right from the start all the way to the magnificent ending.
in some weird way i felt very invited and welcome due to the spellbinding film-making and camerawork, unlike hereditary where i felt like i wanted to run away and never come back, midsommar takes its slow time to fully swallow and digest you into its crazy world. even at the start where barely anything is happening the film looks so well... sexy. but when shit goes down it GOES DOWN. i'm not usually shaken by gore and the stuff in here made me wince a little but what really made me uncomfortable had nothing to do with the blood or the broken body parts, it was little things like the screams and shouts mixed with the harrowing score. at one point i found myself looking at the screen in awe, unsure of what i am feeling. should i cry? or laugh? or panic? that frozen state really made me realize just how powerful this film truly is because i rarely ever feel that puzzled.
i know this review seems like a huge mumble of big words stringed together but i genuinely, really don't know exactly how to feel about midsommar and i think that's what makes it so special. that confusion and uncertainty really drives it home and makes me appreciate it on every level. lets just say its a strong 4 stars out of 5 with a +0.5 for juuling will poulter.