Midsommar ★★½

“Great gowns, beautiful gowns” - deceased musical legend Aretha Franklin in reference to country/pop star Taylor Swift

And me talking about this movie. For all the magnetic and unnerving imagery that Ari Aster can conjure, Midsommar is cursed with the deadly flaw of feeling inconsequential. The characters are paper-thin, and with a runtime this long and bloated, it really strains the film as a whole. The central problem is that there’s just not enough to Dani and Christian to make them compelling, or to make their relationship seem genuinely toxic. These are all flaws in the script, not with the actors (who are fantastic, but I’d be lying if I said anyone was on par with Toni Collette’s performance in Aster’s last film, Hereditary). In the end, it’s a beautiful nightmare dressed like a daydream - and likely to vanish from my mind just as quickly as dreams do after waking up.

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