Michael Calkins’s review published on Letterboxd:
A gorgeous, haunting, and disturbing horror film. With an outstanding cast, led by Dakota Johnson, Suspiria is an undeniably impressive film.
The cinematography in particular is really strong here. Oppressive closeups, quick camera moves around spaces that really keep the audience off balance, as well as just some purely beautiful imagery on display. The way Guadagnino blocks and shoots the final dance scene in particular is fantastic when coupled with pitch perfect editing to really overwhelm the audience.
The makeup effects are fantastic, including the makeup on both of Tilda Swinton’s hidden roles, and some really great gore detail. There is a measured usage of CGI, and although there are a few moments when the CG blood in particular was noticeable, I think overal the VFX team did a great job. The design work on one particular effect blew me away.
This film isn’t perfect by any means. Suspiria is overlong. There’s a continuous thread strung across the film about the RAF and some bombings, but this side plot ultimately felt unnecessary. It doesn’t amount to much, at least as far as I can tell, and it kind of just eats up screen time.
As an aside, if you are looking for a traditional remake of the original film, this is NOT the film for you. This is very much it’s own film playing around with the same mythos and characters.
Overall, I REALLY wound up enjoying Suspiria. There’s a lot to chew on here, and my score might go up or down in the coming days/weeks. Even a rewatch might change a lot, because this is a dense film.
Suspiria gets an 85/100