Midsommar ★★★½

Ari Aster has made two movies, and both of them have filled me with the same thought as I've watched them: "Something really bad is about to happen..." And I mean that as a compliment!

In "Midsommar," Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) are in a deteriorating relationship -- she has recently experienced a tragedy and Christian appears unfit to be able to provide her with any sort of emotional support. When Christian's friends from his anthropology class invite him to Sweden to experience a midsummer celebration, Christian jumps at the opportunity while also reluctantly inviting Dani.

The festivities that follow begin pleasantly enough, but things are not always as they seem. I will refrain from saying more in order to not ruin any of the surprises, but let's just say that the decisions the characters make carry potentially dire consequences.

Whereas Aster seemed to run out of ideas by the time "Hereditary" concluded, "Midsommar" ties everything together quite nicely. I look forward to seeing what craziness he has in store for us next!

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