Midsommar ★★★★½

After days of thought and dissection I have come to love the pure craftsmanship and storytelling Ari Aster accomplishes in Midsommar. Originally I was taken back by Midsommar feeling a tad disappointed because of my love for Hereditary, and that's my fault for going in expecting it to be like one of my favorite horror films of all time. While I do strongly believe that Hereditary is the overall better film, I still see Midsommar as a triumph in filmmaking.

Ari Aster continues to brilliantly explore the idea of grief in this film, while also establishing other ideas such as relationship issues and the fear/fascination of differing cultures. Ari Aster also ups his directorial artistry in Midsommar by providing a grander scale than Hereditary, which is aided by the beautiful cinematography attributed to Pawel Pogorzelski, and the atmospheric production design by Henrik Svensson.

However, a lot of credit goes to the films cast who ground the film with their depth and personality. Florence Pugh gives one of the best performances of the year and sadly will most likely be ignored this awards season. Along side her though is Jack Reynor who definitely is put through a lot in the film and handles it very nicely. One thing that is spectacular is how the whole cast commits to the film no matter how crazy it gets, even the people in the background fully give in to their character's.

    Midsommar is definitely not for the faint of heart. It is a little too long and does focus on some unnecessary plot points, however it truly is a film like no other. Love it or hate, you won't be able to stop talking and thinking about it, especially those last 30 minutes which stuck with me as true terror.

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