Midsommar ★★★★★

Midsommar is a movie that may make you think on it for awhile before coming up with a final verdict. In the moment the cinematography and acting are in a glorious harmony. Ari Aster is bringing a perfectionist’s perspective into the horror genre at a time where jumpscares are filling seats and franschises are ruling over the box office. This is not to say that all jumpscares are bad, they have a time and place but they are not created equal. Aster’s second film creates an atmospheric dissonance that is unsettling. Having a horror movie that takes place in broad daylight is rare, but this adds to the dissonance. The film comes across as a fairy tale that is hurdling towards a nightmare and Aster is bending the genre to his will to fit his vision into it. While Hereditary was polarizing, I feel that Midsommar may be more so. Aster is telling a story, and sometimes stories are long and winding and that’s okay. The director’s dives into the threads of a relationship and the toll of trauma and grief on the human body are raw and sometimes harder to wrap your head around. I respect it and much like Hereditary it won’t easily be shaken from my memory like many modern horror movies are.