Midsommar ★★★★

I'm still digesting a lot about this film, but what I can say for sure is that Ari Aster is a master at the technical aspects of directing. You can immediately tell it's his film by the style of the shots. They're so varied, but still so focused somehow. His use of color, reflections, long takes, weird camera angles, and panning just make this film a wonderful piece to watch and enjoy regardless of plot.

I love how this movie tells you what it is from the very beginning, and then it doesn't shy away from that or try to twist anything. There are very similar themes from Hereditary, but done in a completely new and unique way. I especially love the contrast between cultures that's shown, and how sometimes in order to relive yourself of grief and suffering, you need a family or group of people to share that experience with. The subtle humor cuts the tension ever so slightly, although that uneasy feeling remains throughout the entire film even though everything is far from dark horror. I thought Florence Pugh nailed the performance of Dani as well. She was captivating within every scene, and you could tell she's put her all into this role.

Overall, just like Hereditary, the more I think about it, the more I appreciate what I saw. It's not for everyone, but it's certainly a unique perspective in a film-world where that's hard to find.