Midsommar ★★★★½

“i could see you doing that.”

ari aster has mastered recreating the stomach pit of despair and sinking feeling of working through trauma and human disconnection. this and Hereditary are films that hit you where it hurts, taking some of our everyday worst nightmares (some folks just call it “life”) and bringing them to a sick, twisted life—and in this case, masks them in sunlight and flowers. i could feel my insides churning before the title screen ever arrived, and it didn’t stop until the end credits rolled. a must-see for 2019, and probably my favorite movie of the year.

edit: fantastic sophomore flick and is as heavy a hitter as Hereditary. i personally enjoyed this much more than the latter and thought it progressed at a speed much better to my liking.

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