Midsommar

Midsommar

Very nice Anthropologie catalog photo shoot with a few bits cribbed from Hannibal season 1 that fails as both horror (no scares) and satire (very few jokes). Lots of potentially interesting ideas are seeded but in 2.5 hours, nothing is developed in any meaningful way. After Hereditary, I did not expect to like this movie, but I really did expect at least 6 times more nutty-bonkers visuals given the runtime. Instead I was just kind of waiting around while they bicker and we learn almost nothing about the cult or the festival or the characters. It gestures at misandry, but even that seems like a ploy to score twitter points ("Men! Am I rite ladies?" -A. Aster).
Feels safe to conclude at this point that Aster lacks the courage to commit to his better ideas or put any real work in. The biggest shortcoming for me is his inability to build tension. He's wasting precious horror resources and hype that could be spent on more promising youngsters. I expect to continue hatewatching and complaining about his films for years to come, but really he should do a reverse-Eggers and go into cinematography or production design.
As for the positives: By far the best moment in the film is the butt-push, and the main lady did well given how limited her role was.

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