Suspiria

Suspiria ★★★½

After initially coming out of the theater feeling such ambivalence towards this film, I've taken a few days to ruminate on my thoughts before attempting to review Suspiria. It is not an easy film to review, as it is packed full of ambitious ideas and it possesses a very clear passion for the source material, yet is proves to be consistently frustrating in its inability to juggle its varying themes and storylines.

With an inspired, but unfortunately, misused score from Thom Yorke and some inspired direction that proves Luca Guadagnino to be an absolute visionary worthy of living up to the task of re-imagining Argento's 1977 masterpiece, I can't help but feel disappointed in how disjointed and unfocused this movie feels. Every time Suzie's story gains some momentum and revels in the glorious camera work and beautifully demented scenes of evil and witchcraft, the story cuts away to a separate, almost completely unrelated plot-line. It's possible that some of my issues with this film could be resolved with a second viewing, but I just don't see myself wanting to sit through this bloated, frustratingly close to great, cinematic experience anytime soon. I wanted to love this. Had this been even half as good as the original, I would've been thrilled. But unfortunately, it just didn't capture the same vibe.... at all.

With that being said, my main issue with this film is that it just does not feel like Suspiria. Sure, I'm incredibly glad this didn't turn out to be some kind of cheap, shot-for shot remake or a nostalgia ridden take on the original. But for me, this film just missed the mark on what made the original so satisfying. I may give it another chance eventually, but for now all I can say is that it's a film with beautiful artistic direction that goes to some bold and unexpected places, while falling short of greatness because of frustrating pacing and tonal issues.
71/100

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