Austin Vincent’s review published on Letterboxd:
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first true masterpiece of 2019.
This film was really fricken amazing. I loved every second. First of Ari Aster. Dude. That direction was outstanding. I'm a sucker for gorgeous long shots and this thing is full of them. The framing and the symmetry and the locations are just beautiful. And that score. On a technical level, this film is absolutely top of the line. Narratively, this film is just as strong and has an incredibly tight script. For as weird and messed up as things get, the relationship drama at the center of it all remains the focus. The arc that our lead character goes through is moving and interesting and just so rich. Florence Pugh gives an incredible performance from the first moment she's on screen to the last. She stole this movie. And finally the horror elements are well done. This film feels more like a drama than a horror, so when the sick and twisted parts show up you feel unsettled. And it's all in service to the story and not just for scares which helps them all to linger with you much longer.
Honestly this film is just so incredible. Every little thing feels important, has a purpose, and all serve the message of the film. This is masterclass stuff and I'm so glad I got to see it! This will not be a film I forget anytime soon, and even though it unfortunately will, it better not get forgotten come award season. Midsommar is here baby.