Midsommar ★★★½

Ari Aster goes into unconventional methods of horror to tell the story of a crazed Swedish cult. I would consider this more of a slow-burn drama with elements of grounded fantasy and dashes of horror. If you're expecting the onslaught of terror seen in Hereditary, you'd be disappointed as it takes a whole hour for cult terrors to take place. I personally did not find the film terrifying unlike Hereditary which was an anxiety fest, instead I found Midsommar to be rather mysterious and creepy which I think Ari was going for. There are some fairly disturbing scenes (cliff scene especially) but overall I was more bemused as Ari shows the strange practices of this cult. Ari's unique cinematic style previously seen in Hereditary is continued. The cinematography is gorgeous as Sweden's landscape is shown in full sunlight with a beautiful color palette. Much like how Hereditary has themes of lose, Midsommar has a human element of grief and relationships. The theme of muddy relationships is fully realized in the film but the theme of grief is sort of just thrown in and only used for hallucinations but isn't fully realized like muddy relationships and seems pointless. The cast is great and Florence Pugh has a powerhouse performance much like Toni Collette's in Hereditary. Overall I appreciate Ari's risk-taking in making an unconventional horror movie, but wasn't really spooked with the film but rather was intrigued. Definitely gonna be a very divisive film.

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