Hereditary ★★★★★

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This film is a visual and tonal masterpiece. It is one of the most visually striking films I've ever seen. It is everything you would ever want out of independent and original filmmaking. I am blown away at the level of artistry and style Ari Aster utilised in the making of this film.

From the opening shot and how it is greatly (and horrifically) contrasted with the final shot to certain scenes and shots that genuinely feel Kubrickian (and I hate even writing this because we all know no one is like Kubrick). But really, Ari Aster has created a film that is so visually striking and tonally just so full of terror, horror and DREAD at its core that it makes you feel everything that this family is feeling all at once. Aster's direction is so precise; he knew exactly the vision/story he wanted to produce and executed exactly that. The cinematography is one of the best I've seen and so rare for a horror; so filled with beautiful uses of light and shadows. The editing is excellent, the score completely evokes the tone of the film without overpowering the narrative. The story goes from bad to worse to actual HELL and yet it never feels melodramatic/exaggerated. I don't think I've ever been so terrified watching a film and I don't think I'll be able to stop thinking about this film for a really long time. Aster has created a modern masterpiece and I cannot wait to see what he will do next!

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