gavin’s review published on Letterboxd:
Its safe to say Ari Aster is the best in horror today. Unlike many of todays horror box office hits, Asters are not filled with unimaginative storylines and cheap jump scares - and they’re not meant to be. His are dreadful, disturbing and gut wrenching. I would classify Midsommar in more of the psychological horror category. Although not nearly as gory or messed up as the critics wanted you to believe (unfortunately), it’s certainly torturous and unsettling for both the audience and the characters in the film. It’s such a unique experience. Unbelievably shot, scored, acted, written - everything.
I do have some complaints about the cameras cutting away when something interesting or gory was going to happen, but I think that was more of a problem with securing an R rating. My rating for this could go up if an uncut/unrated version ever comes out because I honestly was hoping for more scenes like the one with the cliff.
I’ve seen people complain about the the lack of explanation or expanding on Dani’s tragedy at the beginning, but I think it plays into the rest of the movie quite well. Since this is the only spoiler I’ll keep it vague so I don’t have to mark it as spoilers and you can stop reading now if you want to: She loses something and gains it back by the end. It’s as simple as that in my mind. She’s going through something absolutely horrible and is trying to find her place in something, and she does.
One last thing, regarding Oscar buzz. People want Florence Pugh to be nominated for an oscar but it’s hard to imagine that happening when Toni Collette wasn’t, and she probably deserved it more. The Academy doesn’t recognize movies like these which is a shame because Ari Aster has improved significantly in regards to his directing abilities with each of his projects. I’d love for this to get campaigned and nominated but it’s unlikely it will. I hope i’m proven wrong though.