Horrible Reviews’s review published on Letterboxd:
Heyyyy I liked this! Yeah, this was great (I’m just gonna write down some thoughts as I just got out the theatre). Definitely enjoyed the journey more than the destination, as I’m not quite sure (yet) how I feel about the ending (Hereditary much?) but damnit was it a hell of a ride. And never did it really feel like 2,5 hours, I was hooked from the beginning (the opening scene could’ve been a short on its own) and never lost interest throughout.
The main girl (Florence Pugh, can’t say I’ve seen her before) gave a truly fantastic performance, Ari Aster I guess really knows how to direct his main actors. The Mark character (Will Poulter) felt kinda misplaced, as if he belonged in a more “traditional” horror movie, in the sense that he was a bit of a stock character while the rest felt way more realistic.
That’s just a minor complaint, besides that I think I kinda loved it. The overall story isn’t even that special -group of people end up at the mercy of a crazy cult- but like I said, it’s all about the ride. And I guess you kinda need the 2,5 hour running time as it’s a subtle but constant escalation which just keeps you longing for more. That’s perhaps also why I’m a little torn on the ending, because how do you finish/top off this constant build-up?
Although at the same time, there’s quite some disturbing stuff along the ride, and maybe I’m underestimating this because I’m kinda used to “disturbing shit”, and this is probably quite a lot for a more “mainstream audience”?
Anyway, really enjoyed the ride, and that in combination with the (mostly) realistic acting and characters (the main couple and their interaction and struggles felt very genuine and real) and the intense soundtrack made it an awesome movie experience. Not sure how this would be on a second viewing but only one way to find out.
There’s probably a lot I missed (both in the movie and in this little “review”) but I just wanted to quickly share my thoughts with all my favorite Letterboxd people 👫