Midsommar ★★½

The production design and cinematography are beautiful and detailed. The opening scene is harrowing, and Florence Pugh carries the grief of her character through the film very well. However, overall the film just didn't work for me. After having thought about it and read others' analyses, I understand what it was trying to accomplish. The story just didn't seem to be there though. The impact of scenes and the story as a whole was significantly impacted by unclear and confusing character motivations. The film seems to have skipped over important character beats in favor of disturbing imagery. I felt as if the writer/director was stretching for a thematic reason to display a creepy cult, rather than having a creepy cult be a natural layout for a narrative.