Hereditary (2018) turned a lot of heads for a few reasons, the first of which was probably a total sucker punch of a plot point that was tough for even the most jaded horror fans. Another was the way in which director Ari Aster slid back and forth between the visual language of independent drama and the surrealistic peaks of the character’s supernatural visions.
Midsommar is his follow-up to that breakthrough movie, and it is in many ways a thematic sequel. Fans of Aster’s work will cheer it, and those who are decidedly not fans will likely find their opinions unchanged.
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