Midsommar

Midsommar ★★

Effectively mines a kind of low-level dread from the idea of being trapped in an isolated rural location with people you no longer like or trust, but that’s a pretty low bar to clear (particularly for me, because I’ve been on the horse trek from hell across the sun-blasted grass plains of Mongolia and this film gave me serious flashbacks).

Ari Aster is clearly in love with his Instagram-via-Etsy nouveau-boho aesthetic, and although the film often looks beautiful and has a handful of shocking images (including a gratuitously gruesome depiction of a suicide that felt like it crossed a line into problematic territory), it seems to have almost nothing to say, other than perhaps "toxic relationships are bad" or even "cults are bad"?

Somewhat improbably there are also some jokes, and they are terrible.

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