Midsommar ★★★★

Hallucinogenic, sun-drenched, intermittently funny and unnerving...it’s not as tight as ‘Hereditary’, and leaves less to dig into on repeated viewings, but still proves Ari Aster is a uniquely gifted auteur. The story circles around ideas about the function of collective emotional life, and relationships generally, but sometimes feels like it has sacrificed deep characterization in service of a hazy psychotropic slow burn. Even if all it’s ideas aren’t fully explored or developed, though, it’s impressive to see them touched on in a visionary film that’s willing to take big risks. Ari Aster’s the guy.



(Also Florence Pugh deserves a fucking Oscar or something, and the film’s lighting + effects (shroom vision!!) are amazing...)