Midsommar ★★★★

Midsommar doesn't quite meet the high benchmark that Ari Aster's directorial debut Hereditary set but it comes damn close. Midsommar's unnerving atmosphere and brain searing imagery is aided by an excellent performance by rising star Florence Pugh and an eerie soundtrack by dark ambient maestro Bobby Krlic (A.K.A The Haxan Cloak.) The cinematography in Midsommar is also gorgeous, it's grotesque violence unnervingly contrasted with the gorgeous, sun bleached locales it takes place in. It also features one of the most memorably shocking endings in recent memory that will likely have people talking for a long time.

Unfortunately, it doesn't have quite as many "shit your pants in terror" moments as it's predecessor. There are also points where it's pacing is hampered by it's 2 hour run time.

Despite some blemishes, Midsommar is still an incredibly unnerving exercise in slow burn psychological horror that ranks among the best of the year. Ari Aster has definitely positioned himself as a master of the genre.

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