Midsommar ★★★½

This is undeniably beautiful. From a technical standpoint, it is smooth. The direction, cinematography, sound design, score, it's all masterful. The first 10 minutes before the credit sequence is the highlight for me, giving you a great gut punch. But after that, and especially by the end, I was left without the emotional impact I was meant to have. Don't get me wrong, the character interactions, especially between Dani and Christian are engaging, but there was just something empty about the whole thing. It may be a pacing issue, maybe the end wasn't shocking enough for the amount of build-up the film gave it, maybe it was that character decisions felt more motivated by drug trips rather than actually character motivations and feelings. Either way, it is a genuinely well-crafted film, but maybe too elevated for its own good.