Robert Eggers had his sexual awakening to the chicken scene in Eraserhead and made The Lighthouse to work through that trauma.
It's unfortunate for Ari Aster that Midsommar is doomed to be compared to Hereditary, despite taking it in such a different direction. Especially since I seem to be in the minority camp thinking Midsommar is better.
I really liked the slow burn, and I'm glad to see Aster can still do existential horror in the confines of a more grounded and straightforward narrative. The location and costume design – as gorgeous as expected. The whole world-building was very impressive and remarkably thorough.
The ending is obvious within the first few minutes. Unfortunately, it's too long and self-indulgent to make the journey to the ending fun. A bit more time in the editing room might make it passable.