Midsommar

Midsommar ★★★★½

Another chilling work from Aster, who relishes in the writhing of his audience and characters. The camera waits and watches the main cast’s every move like a predator throughout and you just know that something bad will happen despite the extremely beautiful cinematography and bleached out colour-palette.
The character of Dani is a dark and very real representation of manifesting trauma, and the surreal and horrific situation Aster thrusts her into only exemplifies this. I would say that the film is an incredibly immersive experience whether you watch it at the cinema or in a dark room with your friends. Aster has manipulated every scene to accommodate you, like the Härga. In watching the film you also become a character in this nightmarish life.
Shots linger on the excessive visual horrors of the film, which come few and far between until the end. They start off as bearable and you clench your fists, tell yourself to be a big boy and brave it out, until eventually your brain is exhausted by countless, cleverly spaced apart, traumatic and violent scenes and you are sucked into the horrific world of the Härga with the other characters. Truly a daylight horror masterpiece, Aster cloaks a violent cult under the guise of an ancient culture which we, the audience, are forced to try and accept despite our best attempt to fight it.
The fact that after watching this film I felt positively sick and could not decide if I liked it for some time out of utter shock and fear of it, to me proves that Midsommar is one of the most successful and unsettling horrors of all time.