Suspiria ★★★

Review In A Nutshell:

Establishing the air, a sense of haunting mood that feels parallel to the vibes established in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. There is an unsettling mystery that is cloaked behind the dance studio’s tall and plain veneer, knowing that something is just not quite right with everything. As much as we want to stretch our hands and gesture our protagonist, the young and hopeful Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson), out of the building, we ourselves are also entranced by our own curiosity, seeking for the shocking truth that lies beneath. However, what began as eye-catching intrigue, slowly manifests itself as something erratic, confusing, and withheld. Much of the ideas that director Luca Guadagnino and writer David Kajganich are striving for begin to lose a sense of clarity and directness in their intentions, thus leaving an impression that feels somewhat underwhelming. Yet, I find myself also smitten with Guadagnino to embark on the excess and absurd, to the point of pushing the boundaries to a level that we ourselves can be aware and simply be amused at it’s mere outrageousness - and let me tell you, that climax really had me grinning out of amusement. Much like the original, much of the film’s appeal lies in the hyper-stylised craft in it’s construction, of course now in that Guadagnino larger-than-life kind of way like in A Bigger Splash, therefore Suspiria is definitely a feast to consume. Unfortunately, it just feels there is not much to it once you’ve brought it all down.

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