Hereditary ★★★½

I liked Hereditary more a few hours after seeing it than I did on leaving the cinema, which is a good thing. It’s one to make you ponder over its more astute qualities: that first-act swerve, the clever reframing of exposition, its nods to genre tropes without bursting its own bubble universe. It has problems, of course; it’s very long, and its slightly suggestive scene-setting and cinematography grow far too noticeable; that crescendo of a final act gets more predicable than what it credits the audience with knowing, and tries to explain everything without explaining some things enough. It’s also not nearly as loopy as the trailer would have you believe; there’s nothing here to match, say, a David Cronenberg film. But on balance, I think it works.

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