Suspiria ★★★★★

The original Suspiria is one of my favourite films of all time and so it was very hard for me not to get overhyped for this remake by Luca Guadagnino and not come out disappointed by the end (something I actually managed rather well). However nothing could have prepared me for this mind fuck of astronomical proportions that Guadagnino conjured up. Aside from subverting my expectations at almost every point to the point where I literally had no idea what was going on, this film is an astonishing piece of art that should be marvelled at for the rest of time in how to construct a remake of a film. Although in a way the word ‘remake’ does both the original and this current version a disservice, as it’s more a reimagining than anything and as such allows itself greater freedom in its storytelling and pacing. As far as storytelling goes there is so much to unpack in this film that multiple viewings are essential as everything is thrown at you, knocking you off balance with what you are being shown and told. The editing style was another aspect which threw me at the start as it’s so erratic (with some unusual camera angles thrown in too) that you wonder if Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (cinematographer) was on acid the whole time and reminded me at times of the editing techniques in an Aronofsky film. The score by Thom Yorke is hauntingly beautiful and really places you in the moment of each scene and adds to the strange vibes that reverberate from the film. There is also some of the most gorgeous and grotesque imagery I’ve ever seen in a film that will remain with me forever and ever (the first ‘dance’ sequence is a particular highlight). On a final note though: Tilda Swinton. The rest of the cast is great don’t get me wrong but Tilda Swinton is masterful, not just in one role, not two either, but three separate roles. Someone please give her all the awards (also is it too much of a stretch to say this could be one of the greatest feminist films of all time? Discuss). I gave my soul to the dance and I don’t regret it.

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