Fu for Thought’s review published on Letterboxd:
Fuckin’ witches and their dance schools. Suspiria is a very well made film. Objectively. It’s atmospheric and grim and majestic and filled with horrors. But I can understand why some people don’t like it. It is difficult to get through and the six acts it’s composed of really don’t vary all that much. It’s slow and easy and definitely not everyone’s cup of tea.
Me? I liked it. I haven’t had time to fully deconstruct it in the ol’ brain box yet but I imagine there’s a lot to chew on. Suspiria is art and seemingly has a lot to say about art.
Without delving too deep, it’s a politically charged witch movie that delivers true originality. Is it pretentious? Not as pretentious as some might think it is. For the most part, it’s pretty straight forward. I kind of appreciated that. It’s high brow art without being lodged firmly up its own arse.
Dakota Johnson is spellbinding. She crackles with this certain kind of energy. Of innocence and yet total control. She’s wonderful.
It’s long but I like them long sometimes (just like your mum). I think this manages its runtime well. I’ll be the first to say it’s a bit of a slog but it’s a purposeful slog and I don’t resent it. It took me on a journey and though the journey was arduous, it turned out to be pretty great. Not fun, per se. But enjoyable.