Midsommar ★★

It all starts with one of the best ten-minute stretches of film I've seen all year as Dani (played by Florence Pugh - the mainstay of the whole film) suffers a horrific loss of loved ones. Then Dani and her fellow millennials-in-peril attend a midsummer festival in a commune in Sweden and things get progressively weirder and weirder, while Dani gets immersed inextricably in bizarre rites. There is a lingering sense of dread throughout - though the film runs longer than the dread holds out. Meanwhile, the weird elements - which seem to be Ari Aster's directorial expertise - are meticulously and strikingly visualized, but when the film attains its climactic holocaust, it all feels like much ado about nothing.

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