Midsommar ★★★★★

Jozlyn Recommends

Ok, I'm interrupting my Dracula marathon to start a new thing. Every Wednesday, I'm going to review a film recommended by Jozlyn that I haven't seen yet, so I can eradicate some of my cinematic blind spots. I was probably intending to get around to all of these things anyway, as I want to watch EVERYTHING! Jozlyn is just bumping some things up in my queue so I get around to them sooner. I get so caught up watching old movies sometimes, that I forget to watch new stuff. I need a gentle push now and then.

Anyway, what the hell can I possibly say about this that hasn't been said already? Another one of those films that everyone and their pet rat rave about, unless you're one of those contrarian types. And, it doesn't help that I'm late to the party. I mean, I'd talk about how visually stunning it is, but that'd be like saying the Sistine Chapel is visually stunning. I would, however, like to mention the scene, early in the film, where they're driving down a tree-lined road, when the camera flips upside down and you get this surreal, inverted phantom ride shot that gave me goosebumps. It wasn't the first or last shot that did, but I was all-in from that moment on. But, I'm probably nowhere near the first person to point that shot out or talk about how cool it is. I also think it's very refreshing to get a horror film that's almost entirely set in the daylight, in wide-open spaces, with the sun illuminating every inch of the shot. When I was a kid, I was afraid of the dark for way longer than I care to admit. I started watching horror films at an early age and had an overactive imagination, so I slept with a light on. Pretty much every single horror film was set at night and bathed in darkness. It gave the impression that horrifying things only happen in the cover of darkness. Here, Aster shines a light on all of the things you usually expect to find hiding in the dark and they lose none of their power. The horror doesn't scurry away, like cockroaches when you flip the light on. I love that. I also love the delicious body horror, which calls to mind some of the Japanese craziness like the MPD Psycho manga. Delightfully imaginative mutilations. The blood eagle scene had me grinning from ear to ear. The whole thing feels like a remake of The Wicker Man with the visual flair of Kubrick and the body horror sensibilities of Miike. So, naturally, I love this shit.

I'm just preaching to the choir though, right? It's not like I'm going to sell anyone on this. You've all seen it already. I'm the one who slept on this for far too long, despite loving Hereditary. But there's my two cents on it anyway.

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