Midsommar ★★★★½

"Think good thoughts..."

I predict 90% of letterboxd reviews will say: 

"White people..."

Ari Aster is a godsend. I'm eagerly awaiting more movies from Eggers, Zahler, and Saulnier, but Aster is the real deal. He's going to be the crown jewel of this movement in the genre.

Between this and Climax 2019 is shaping up to be the year of movies that accurately depict my personal nightmare of being high when you don't wanna be.

Unlike Hereditary where I was genuinely surprised by every turn of events, you kind of basically know exactly where Midsommar is heading from the get-go if you're at all familiar with folk horror. But there are many moments along the way to the inevitable finale that are pick-your-jaw-off-the-floor surprising like some of the moments of Aster's debut. 

This is going to take some time to process. Much like Hereditary, I immediately think it's distilled genius, an incredibly well-made product of pain and suffering, but it's profoundly upsetting and spiritually disheartening in a way that too few horror films are nowadays. 

It's definitely too long but I was glued to the screen every second.
Like Hereditary, it's a masterpiece. And I'll probably never watch it again. 
Could've used more Rueben, though.

"They're playing skin the fool"

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