Suspiria

Suspiria ★★★½

Luca’s reimagining of Suspiria is a complete stylistic departure from Argento's classic, that works a majority of the time as it abandons imitation in favor of adhering fully to Luca Guadagnino's separate vision. The cinematography and camera cuts are intense and operate as if they were a character themselves.

By abandoning the Willy Wonka esque color palette of the original, the focus is solely on Guadagnino's strengths that produce a more haunting and disturbing rendition. It has a particular look and several memorable scenes that are already iconic and fully embrace this new look and feel. This is a hauntingly gorgeous film despite its muted colors and frequent rain/snow scenes. The world of Guadagnino's Suspiria is dripping with so much gritty detail that even scenes of characters just walking are mesmerizing.

While the camera work is excellent, Guadagnino draws the film out far too much for my liking, at times becoming lost in his personal desire to touch upon many real-world issues. The result feels at times like two separate films: A historical documentary and a tale of witches. This distinctly different tone makes parts of the film feel somewhat disconnected from one another.

I was not a big fan of the FINAL chamber scene, but overall, I found this film stuck with me, despite sharing very little in common with the original (which is a positive).

I look forward to my second viewing of this.

P.S. The soundtrack slaps

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