ｒｙａｎ :]’s review published on Letterboxd:
Quite a gut wrenchingly terrifying look at decaying relationships and unhealthy ways of coping with grief.
Escapism, hedonism, and modernity are poked at in entertaining and satisfying ways, always relating back to damaging methods to dealing with personal issues. Sex, drugs, interpersonal relationships, and even academia can be manipulated into psychologically damning things so easily, and people can become complacent with the most disgusting of things. I dont want to give away too much, but the metaphorical core and self aware aspects of filmmaking allowed for some fantastically slow-burning pacing, naturalistic writing, as well as some incredibly harrowing and raw emotion. There are tons of hidden details and set ups to the horrors of the unknown to come, proving that what is and isnt shown explicitly can be just as important as each other. Aster knows this sort of film has been done to death, so he plays around with set pieces and conventions in very gruesome ways. The cinematography was spellbinding, the colors were vibrant and added so much to the beautiful costume and set designs, and the score was mixed and composed with such a PERFECT ear that it accompanied every scene flawlessly. Parts certainly dragged on a bit, and I had some issues with the dubbing and side performances, but not too much was wrong with this film. Certain scenes towards the end HAVE to be some of the scariest ever put to film, I was legitimately shaken to my core. This was definitely elevated through some absolutely stellar performances, particularly from Pugh's broken character. Other than the obvious Wicker Man comparison, this reminded me a lot of Antichrist but more focused.
This is easily one of the most terrifying films I've ever seen, certainly on-par with Hereditary. Tons of people snickering and making fun of the film IN the theater as well, average horror fans will likely not find this satisfying. Flowercrown-wearing pleasure seekers, as well as flippant, and disregardingly selfish ways of life are made fun of so hilariously yet so scarily. Empathy is for the weak, right? Empathy takes energy. By FAR one of the most uncomfortable viewing experiences of my whole life, and certainly not a film I will never forget.
(Two people walked out)