Serge The Movie Guy’s review published on Letterboxd:
Directed by Luca Guadagnino.
“They'll hollow me out and eat my cunt on a plate.”
It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of the original film. At most it’s fine. So, I’ve been really looking forward to this new remake. I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about it.
If I’m going to be honest, this is everything I wanted it to be.
The original film feels like a fever dream. This feels like a grounded fantasy. Having its backdrop set against the cold war in Berlin was a risky and artistic move. I thought it worked well, it made the story feel more interesting. Obviously, this remake should have its own voice, and director Luca Guadagnino really made it his own. Adding a subplot of the character Dr. Josef Klemperer that connects the dance studio to the events happening around him. He’s the emotional thread the holds this film together and I thought it all wrapped up nicely in the end (in a disturbing type of way).
I found the characters to be a lot more interesting than the ones in the original. They actually felt like human beings and not cartoon characters (sorry original). Tilda Swinton plays 3 different characters and you can’t even tell she’s playing 2 of them. Hats off to her and prosthetic artist in this film! Oscar worthy for sure.
Can I just gush over how much I love the cinematography? It’s not vibrant like the last film, it’s nothing but bleak imagery to fit the coldness of Berlin and the state of the country at that time. When you did see color (mainly red for blood), it stood out.
Just the climax of the film, HOLY FUCK!
Thom Yorke’s music is being overlooked by a lot of people. It may not be a whole lot constant in the film, but when it hits it hits perfectly. As it turns out, Johnny Greenwood isn’t the only member of Radiohead that can compose music for movies. The track titled Unmade is probably my favorite. Especially giving the context of the scene it’s played with. Pretty powerful.
This film won’t be for everyone. It’s disturbing to watch sometimes. It’s LONG…but never uneventful. It’s an arthouse horror film. Honestly, this might actually anger those who enjoy the original Suspiria. As for someone isn’t a fan of the original, I prefer this over the original any day.
One more thing, Controversial Statement coming. I thought this was a hell of a lot better than Call Me By Your Name. Don’t get the wrong idea. CMBYN is a good movie with really well-done cinematography, directing, and performances. But I could never get myself emotionally attached to the story and honestly found the events in the film forgettable after a while. Whereas Suspiria, it was the complete opposite. It’s not the substance of the story, rather how it’s executed.
I will watch the rest of Luca Guadagnino’s filmography. He’s a man with a vision and he’s got stories to tell. This is one them and I loved it.
P.S. Dakota Johnson with orange hair is my new spirit animal.
“This isn't vanity! This is art!”