Chadwin’s review published on Letterboxd:
I don’t really know what to give it. I’m between a 4 and a 4.5 for many reasons. But I think for now I’m going to have to go with a 4. I will wait until a rewatch to make any further adjustments to the rating. I also think this is something meant to be watched with an audience, and not at midnight, alone, like I saw it. I’m genuinely excited to watch it again, but with an audience. It will be a different experience for sure.
There’s a lot of amazing stuff in this film. Right from the start there’s a great hook that immediately draws you in, telling you to strap in for the next 2 hours and 20 minutes.
The cinematography is really pretty (as you could see from the trailer) and there are plenty of gorgeous sun-soaked floral landscapes that are photographed nicely. As with Hereditary, Aster makes use of a lot of different camera movements, some of which are marvelous to behold. However, unlike Hereditary, there were some moments were I couldn’t help but feel the camera movements were unmotivated and were only there because it looked cool. This is only a few moments in a nearly two and a half hour runtime though.
My biggest issue might have been its runtime. It hits a lull about halfway through, and it (unfortunately) made me wish it had been maybe 30 minutes shorter.
But thankfully it’s third act pulled me back in, delivering one of the most cathartic endings thus far in 2019.