Angeles ✨’s review published on Letterboxd:
My love letter to this movie:
I had so much hype to see this movie and last night I finally got the chance. It was worth the wait. This film will stay with me for a long, long time.
I don't know if it's the emotion of the moment, but this film became one of my all-time favorites. I finished it without knowing how I was supposed to feel, with a mixture of joy, emptiness and sadness, because I was never going to experience this again for the first time.
I went into this without knowing a thing, I avoid watching the trailer, reading reviews, YouTube recommended videos or even alternative posters, I wanted to go into this film clueless.
Yes, this is a refreshing air to the horror genre. And I said that before with other films, but this is a completely new experience.
I cannot begin by saying what I loved the most, because I loved everything. There was not one thing, minimal, that I did not enjoy.
All the symbolism, the arduous research that Aster did to make certain things accurate, really pays off.
Speaking about production and direction, the attention to detail was amazing. There was a lot of foreshadowing I'd love to spot in a future second viewing. Even small things that could be unnoticed were meticulously arranged.
There were also lots of similarities and references to Hereditary.
The soundtrack is amazing, I loved it from start to finish.
Here we follow Dani, Christian (I think Aster used that name intentionally) and his friends in a trip to Sweden, and soon things become a full descent into madness.
Florence Pugh does an amazing performance, I felt a lot of empathy for her and her situation.
The cinematography is beautiful, and I loved too much that the film was developed in daylight. The visuals gave me a feeling of serenity and ease, while the plot made me uneasy, so it created this perfect balance I loved. And yes, at times everything is bizarre but it was beautiful and aesthetically pleasant.
Also, the camea wok was incredible, this move had some wonderful shots I simply won't forget.
Ari Aster said this movie is not a horror, but a break up movie, and i understand it perfectly: Dani and Christian relationship really went up in flames.
Although I love Hereditary, I think I like Midsommar much more. I saw it last night but I already want to see it again.
So... yes, this is my favorite film of the year.