Midsommar ★★★★

Ari Aster’s sophomore effort proves to be a notch above his feature from 2018, Hereditary. While his style is more arthouse than “thrills and spills”, Aster has undoubtedly established himself as a leading auteur in the horror genre.

Midsommar is unlike any sort of scary movie, in the sense that its horrors develop in daylight.

Aster has a unique vision for people placement in his shots to create an ambiance that is eerie; very Jodorowsky-like. Another aspect is how the actors’ voices are used to create an uneasy vibe, for example: Dani’s crying sounds and the chants.

Florence Pugh is an absolute juggernaut. For the second straight Aster film, the female lead is a powerhouse; a force to be reckoned with. Pugh is a star.

The themes center around grief, mental health, relationships, and tradition. Grief is dealt with by portraying a slow descent into madness to fill the emptiness one feels. It’s certainly not a film for everyone, as I’m sure there will be many who disagree with how these emotions are portrayed.

Make no mistake, this is one of the best of the year.

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