Midsommar ★★★★

1st rewatch

Without re-watching it, Midsommar already grew in my admiration since first watching it. I had problems with the structure and editing the first time around, which I think is still an issue. Hereditary is so tight and succinct in its narrative and intentional in its editing. Midsommar feels more amorphous. The subplots don't completely work — especially the thesis — and it never finds a rhythm until the final act, which is near-perfect.

But the way it nails the psychology of relationships, especially a toxic one, is really incredible. Like Marriage Story, it feels like a director holding up a mirror to his own failings — at least I hope — and also having empathy for the other person. If anything, Aster is more self-aware than Noah Baumbach is in Marriage Story.

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