Suspiria ★★★★

Who’s the bigger wimp:

The Academy because they probably won’t nominate anyone in Suspiria for Best Actress, or me because I had my eyes closed every three minutes? 

I’m unsure about my rating just yet. It wasn’t a film I particularly enjoyed, but it’s also nothing I’ve ever seen before. People call it a sequel, but it’s its own beast. I can appreciate what Guadagnino has done here. It’s amazing how he went from a light summer romance to a dark graphic horror. I can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeve. 

The narrative was its strongest in the confines of Madame Blanc’s mirrored dance studio, and its weakest when it followed the Doctor. I really didn’t see the point of having him in the narrative at all, other than reminding us what a chameleon Swinton is. She’s overdue another Oscar, for sure. 

It would have been so cool if they had cast Jessica Harper as one of the witches this time around. The cast is truly excellent, though. The best showcase of talent I’ve seen this year. Dakota Johnson is becoming one of my favourites, and her relationship with Mia Goth’s character in the film was touching. *Whispers* lesbians! 

I’ll be thinking about every step and every contortion for a long time.

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