Midsommar ★★★

Midsommar is great, even though it's not profound because it doesn't have to be. I don't like to talk about these things in my reviews, but if you go into a horror film with expectations of something profound or lifechanging, then I'm sorry but you really have to figure your shit out. There are a lot of things that are shown to shock the audience, but again. This is a HORROR film. That's kind of the point. It's like complaining about a scene that was trying to be funny in a comedy. Don't try to look for the same thing in absolutely everything you see.

Midsommar is directed incredibly well. Just after the first watch I don't think it's as layered as Hereditary, but the phenomenal camerawork (with thoughtfully used handheld at points as well which was surprising), unique and perfectly put together sets (costumes too) and the almost relentless dread, it really worked incredibly.

The plot was intriguing enough to keep the film moving, but it's not the main strength of Midsommar. It's not necessarily anything new, but it works fine.

The soundtrack worked well for the most part other than the ambient parts. It was way too loud and it made most of the scenes a bit too clichéd, and (this might have been the fault of my theater) it was peaking at points which was distracting and it took me out of the film (after a second watch I now know that it was the fault of my theater, but I still feel that it was a little too loud for the most part, even though the non-ambient parts where phenomenal).

I don't have a lot of problems with Midsommar, just a couple things that added up. Firstly the acting was great, except for the last 30 or so minutes where one of the main characters had to pull a weird face. It ended up being really awkward after a while.

Now to some major negatives that I don't want to linger on, because this really was great. I felt like the comedy was absolutely pointless and it didn't work in the slightest. No idea why it was included. The dream sequences and almost everything hallucinogenic releated was forced and pointless. The token black guy was basically just there to ask for exposition, which we either didn't need or it explained too much.

In 3 words: Midsommar is great.
Or rather: Not foreign enough.

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