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Midsommar

Ari Aster's Hereditary (2018) was a promising debut feature, with suggestive atmosphere, compelling performances, and (for a horror film) sensitive observations about the nature of grief. But on the basis of Aster's second feature, Midsommar, I'm inclined to say that promise is all the writer-director has to offer. Midsommar recycles the memorable qualities of Hereditary, but to no meaningful end. Aster simply employs them to generate a sense of gravitas, which he dashes as soon as Midsommar transforms into a full-blown horror movie. The film operates as an extended bait-and-switch game, as Aster establishes the veneer of an art movie only to draw viewers into what is essentially exploitation fare. CONTINUE READING

Credits

Director:

  • Ari Aster

Cast:

  • Florence Pugh
  • Jack Reynor
  • William Jackson Harper
  • Will Poulter
  • Liv Mjones

Writer:

  • Ari Aster

Producers:

  • Beau Ferris
  • Ben Rimmer
  • Fredrik Heinig
  • Jeffrey Penman
  • Lars Knudsen
  • Patrik Andersson
  • Pelle Nilsson
  • Philip Westgren
  • Scott E. Chester
  • Szandra Barbara Pozs├ír
  • Tintin Scheynius

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