Suspiria

Suspiria ★★★★

Luca Guadanigno's Suspiria is a beautifully grotesque and visceral cinematic experience full of disturbing but striking imagery. Based on Dario Argento's original 1977 screenplay, this radical take on Suspiria hardly resembles its predecessor but in the best way. It delves in deep into the history and characters, especially our protagonist Suzy Bannion, offering a rich and layered portrayal of the descent into darkness, evil and human anxieties. Despite its muted palette, which juxtaposed to the original's pastel colored visuals looks somewhat bland, I found myself liking the dark look with the color red vibrantly standing out. The cinematography was gorgeous, especially in the dream sequences, bombarding the viewer with horrific imagery. The dance sequences felt electric and haunting with jabbing, violent movements that echoed deep within. The performances, especially the multiple performances by the talented Tilda Swinton, were strong. One thing, however, that this film does not even compare with the original is the score (Goblin's was entirely better than Tom Yorke's, and the soundtrack often did NOT work in the scenes).

Before watching the film, I read the screenplay (which I highly recommend to notice all the small details that are hard to catch on screen) but despite knowing what was going to happen, I was surprised by Luca's vision (especially the climax scene) which was jaw droppingly intense. I would never expect Luca Guadanigno, the creator of Call Me By Your Name, to create such a divisive, boundary pushing film, but I'm glad he did.

Overall, Suspiria is a long, nightmarish film that completely engrosses you into a world of evil and darkness. There are so many scenes and little details that need to be unpacked and I will definitely need to revisit the film in the future. It's beautiful. It's rhythmic. It's absolutely horrifying (and hard to watch at times). But I loved it.

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