Evan Ambrose’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Midsommar is Hereditary for hippies.”
This quote rivals the voguish comparisons that will be patently fashioned too Ari Aster’s more than triumph debut. Midsommar: Another horrific dabble into an individual dealing with the reduction of a loved one and another horrific cause for a low audience score on film-data-based websites due to the contemporary public that might become even more upset from Aster’s riskier take on trauma than his previous take.
Toffee-nosed, flower-power folk-lore or not, the illusionistic tendencies that Midsommar brings to the table are extreme and like most things extreme, some may worship it, and some may find it to be a critical offense to the normalities and comforts of what we have become submitted to.
I don’t think I’ve ever been more polarized by a movie in quite some time. Midsommar handles grief like a pushover and ices out shrewd dark humor like a walk in the park. It’s brilliant at being disturbing and it’s brilliant whenever it decides to shine at us some unusual, imaginative images. These are the strong aspects that I have pinpointed from this unsolvable handiwork.
However, in spite of the praise, I think Midsommar’s biggest weakness comes within its choices of being indecisive, of being cluttered, and of being strictly a wild card of a player. Midsommar seems like it has multiple schemes that it wants to place all impulsively into contrasting sections of a jumbled piece. But was it a somewhat admirable jumbled piece? You bet your bottom dollar it was!
Notwithstanding the flaws, I can’t deny that there’s something quite “special” about this operation. I don’t know if it deserves the title “masterpiece” though, fellas, but we’ll see. Maybe after I rewatch Midsommar down the road from now, I’ll finally understand what most horror/thriller junkies are savagely devouring within this misfit. Regardless, I can’t wait to see what Ari Aster makes next. He indisputably has ambition, to say the least.
👍🏼 Verdict: B-
This Movie is a Part of My List: God’s Studio—I Mean—A24 Ranked