Midsommar ★★★★★

Midsommar is a sumptuous, visual feast for the eyes and it's trippy as hell. It's immaculately shot, and it's just very, very pretty. Every scene of this film is absolutely gorgeous. While it's obvious that Midsommar was inspired by films like The Wicker Man (1973), it definitely holds it's own, and manages to feel both fresh and innovative, while still respecting those which came before it. Midsommar brings a lot to the table, and I know that I'm going to be thinking about it for a very long while. There is not a bad performance in this film, everyone is top-notch, however Florence Pugh really stands out and steals the show every time she is on the screen. I know a number of people have expressed concerns about Midsommar possibly falling into the "Pagans are evil" cliche, but I really don't think it does that. The things they do may seem bad from an American's perspective, but I think Aster does a good job at not coming across as judgmental of them, and rather seems to view their customs as cultural differences that should be respected. If anything, the Americans seem to be far worse people than anyone else in the film. Regardless, Midsommar is exciting and beautiful and terrifying. It just feels very special and if you're able to see it in a theater you definitely should, I doubt you'll be disappointed.

Edit: For the record I am not saying that I agree with the commune's actions, however I do believe that abstract concepts such as good and evil are culturally defined and that the film does a well enough job of exhibiting that.

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