Suspiria

Suspiria ★★

Overbearingly dour to the point of ridiculousness. In an attempt to provide depth to the narrative drawn from the Argento film, Luca Guadagnino seemingly throws everything at the wall. Character backstories, blatant (and I mean blatant) geopolitical commentary, religious overtones, and a deluge of sexual imagery. All of this is mashed together with a series of plot threads, many of which are tedious, and all of which go absolutely no where. Argento's Suspiria was always a film lauded simply for its style, and adding all this empty consequential material causes it to completely collapse under its own weight. It's bloated to the point of exhaustion, and drained of color to boot (although still lensed quite well thanks to the talent of Sayombhu Mukdeeprom). Tilda Swinton and Mia Goth give really good performances, and the film intermittently flitters with some thrilling moments. But there's so much new "plot" to move through, so much "important" thematic material to make note of, that it never feels like there's much room to breathe. It's completely lacking in atmosphere, not letting us settle into the time period or the school or even the specific dance sequences. Throw in some odd editing choices, out of place stylistic flourishes, and Yorke's ill-fitting score, and all I could do was roll my eyes by the end of it all.

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