john’s review published on Letterboxd:
As someone who wants to make movies, this was nothing short of inspiring.
Ari Aster clearly is a master filmmaker, there's just no denying it at this point. I loved Hereditary, but this movie was just on a completely different level for me. I don't know why, but I emphasis with Florence Pugh's character much more than I did Toni Collette's in Hereditary.
Florence Pugh really stole the show. Jack Reynor was also delightfully dick-ish (all pun intended), and the rest of the supporting cast held their own.
This movie, visually, is stunning. Not a single frame is ugly. Every shot is lined up perfect, the editing is great, and the use of mirrors in dialogues instead of cuts was awesome.
This movie gave me everything I wanted. I can concede that some small plot lines remain untied by the end of the film, but on first watch, i'm going to throw it to the mysticism element of the entire movie.
Also, if any of you get the chance to read this screenplay, do! It is insanely good, especially the final act!
I can't wait to see what Aster does next and I'm so glad a24 lets him have the creative control he needs to make great movies.