Midsommar ★★

For all its aesthetic perfection, Midsommar never rises above the level of a dumb slasher film. At its centre, it mines cheap laughs & discomfort from sneering at cultures & customs it perceives as different & using that as a basis for schlock horror. There's an obligatory throughline about grief & transcendence, but this is made silly by the attempts to shock. It's a visually beautiful film that is ugly in all other aspects.

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