Midsommar ★★★★½

Seen at the Scotiabank Theatre

Writer/director Ari Aster came bursting onto the scene last year with his shocking horror film Hereditary. Now he’s back with a new film that is sure to make audiences squirm but is also good for more than a few laughs. With Hereditary, Aster sent us through a ringer of disturbing images and depressing emotional heft, laughing at us as he did so. With Midsommar, however, it’s as if Aster has finally invited us to come laugh along with him. Not only is there a hefty dose of good-natured humor present in the film, the disturbing elements at play here have a much more comedic, albeit still very twisted, light shone on them. In other words, this film is a lot more fun.

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