Midsommar

Midsommar

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This review may contain spoilers.

midsommar obviously had very lofty ambitions and it missed the mark completely. it manages to be bloated and paper thin at the same time... it's like a big ugly mcmansion. a rape here, a suicide there, trauma at the front, allusions to white supremacy at the back. it digs up all these touchy subjects and arranges them as ari aster pleases, no real thought or meaning behind them it seems. some milquetoast effort made to link them together. all these touchy subjects, but no meat to them, no deeper commentary or feeling behind them, and all that there is to join these posts stuck in the 147 minutes of midsommar is a thin ribbon of cool cult stuff. i love cool cult stuff so i wasn't really bothered by this, and the production design (the dresses, the tables, the flower crowns, the paintings) was quite lovely. i laughed really really hard at the sacrificial tombola bit as well, but this was all the worth i could really find in the film. the vfx and colouring are obnoxious and goofy. the shots are blown out to a ridiculous degree, making what what should look pretty good look bland and featureless, and the vfx are unsubtle and ugly, but still toothless. the tone of the film is similarly flat. i didn't feel anything from midsommar. i wasn't freaked out, or scared, or upset, or happy. you know she is going to be the may queen, you know the outsiders are going to be killed, you know what is going to happen to her boyfriend. it all happens and there are no surprises. i didn't think florence pugh was very good, though aster didn't give her a lot to work with. i imagine there was a lot of "frown harder!" on set. i though the guy that played pelle was pretty good, as was her boyfriend and chidi from the good place, but their parts are barely supporting. i'm struggling now to figure out where all that time went. i did really like one moment, when she woke up in the night to discover them driving away, though it turned out to be a dream... there is no catharsis to this film, though it seems to want it from that slow burn and big finish. it's just lukewarm from start to end.

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