Midsommar ★★★★★

I don’t like your typical horror films. They’re usually mindless, full of cliché jump scares that aren’t even scary, bad acting, and even worse writing. I liked Ari Aster’s Hereditary a good amount as it had me thinking throughout the entire film and when I heard about Midsommar and saw the trailer, I was chomping at the bit to see it. I never thought in my 31 years of existence that I would actually be counting down the days until I would see a “horror” film. 

What I saw was a masterpiece of not just the horror genre, but a masterpiece of a film. It’s unfair to really lump Midsommar into the horror category. It’s a modern, psychedelic, folk horror thriller that doubles as a metaphor for a troubled relationship. At 2 1/2 hours, it methodically builds anticipation towards a jaw-dropping final act that literally had me sweating.
I didn’t stop sweating until about fifteen minutes after the credits ended. 

The camera-work and color palette creates one of the most beautiful films of the year. The imagery causes you to think while also providing foreshadowing for the events that take place throughout the film. The acting, from the Swedish folk at the festival, to the known actors such as Will Poulter and Jack Reynor are all outstanding, but the true star here is of course Florence Pugh. What a breakout year she’s had so far. She killed it as WWE star Paige in Fighting With my Family and she becomes a star before our eyes here in Midsommar. Personally, I preferred Pugh’s performance here even more than Toni Colette’s critically acclaimed performance in Hereditary. The realism behind Pugh’s crying and panic attacks and her reactions to the events transpiring before her eyes were awe-inspiring. 

I enjoyed every fucked up moment that Aster conjured in Midsommar and I can’t wait until this glorious work of art is released on blu-ray so I can watch it again and again.

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