This really surprised me, in the best kind of way. I was expecting to be engaged by the story, and I was, but what I wasn’t expecting was how beautifully composed this was going to be. Cinematography and score are on point from start to finish to create a really singular atmosphere; this film manages to be unsettling and calming at the same time. I’m very impressed.
I have so much more respect for this movie than Hereditary. I don’t think Midsommar completely worked (it didn’t go far enough into horror to justify the gore; the character transformation at the end felt forced; some of the acting was real bad) but this was still a solidly paced, mesmerizing film, and I found it infinitely more unsettling than its underwhelming predecessor. Florence Pugh and William Jackson Harper were tremendous, and the score was perfection.