William Jackson Harper’s character is my closest audience surrogate in this film: instead of wanting to escape from this horrific, beautiful place, he wants to learn more about it. That’s what worked so well for me in Hereditary, and it worked brilliantly once again in Midsommar. I really love this vibe of deep detail and interestingness that Ari Aster is bringing to horror.
This was the theatrical version but I’ll definitely be watching the director’s cut as soon as I can.
PS: I have that same mortar and pestle! (From the dance scene.) It’s from Ikea, which is hilarious