Midsommar ★★½

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An odd and peculiar film that is equal parts mesmerizing and silly that I find admire for its technical mastery and dreamlike atmosphere, which includes both a gorgeous and horrific  sound design and mind bending cinematography. The combination makes this dark fairy tale that feels like a nightmarish lucid dream. The opening half hour is fantastic and while the film never reaches those heights, the remainder of the movie is a strangely fascinating and trippy clash of tones—a lot of it works and lot of it doesn’t—but I happen to (mostly) love it. The script suffers at parts, from the thematics not 100% sticking and the occasional cheesy line but it doesn’t make the movie unbearable. A step down from Hereditary but that was a high bar to set.

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