Tony the Terror 666’s review published on Letterboxd:
If you don’t already, you need to know that the original Suspiria is, to me, a perfect film. And perhaps that’s why I put off watching this in spite of being excited for it and inspite of it playing at a theater just 5 miles away from me.
But I finally watched it tonight and I think the most important thing to know going into this that I did not know before is that “remake” is a terrible word for this film. Sure, it has the basic story of the original, but that’s about it. This is a total reimagining of that story that takes it in an entirely different direction to the point that, at best, it should be considered a contemporary companion piece to Argento’s 1977 masterpiece, but not a “remake”. Not at all.
I’m not sure how I would feel had I looked at this as a straight remake of the original film becuase I honestly don’t see how anyone could do that. Luca Guadagnino wisely chooses to do the opposite of every visual choice that was made in Argento’s film and that was a brilliant decision. Gone are the bold contrasting colors in favor of muted and pale shades of the very hues that made the original so memorable. Guadagnino obviously knew that it would be impossible to even touch Argento’s visual style so instead he decided to focus on the story, the characters, and create a unique atmospheric horror masterpiece of his own and that is what makes this movie work. Had he tried to make a copy of Argento’s film or even an “homage”, it would not have worked. If I was forced to look at this as a legit “remake” of Suspiria then it might, at best, get 2.5 stars. But that’s not what I watched tonight. I watched a film by someone with a deep enough love for the original source to not try and recreate anything that made it so amazing and I respect the ever loving hell out of that.
As for the performaces, Mia Goth is a new favorite. I guess I just automatically wrote Dakota Johnson off since she was the star of those Fifty Shades films, but a bitch can admit when he was wrong becuase she is phenomenal. When is the entire world going to admit that Tilda Swinton is one of the greatest actresses that has ever existed?
This is possibly a 5 star film. I need to take some time and let it all sink in and maybe do a few rewatches. Nothing will ever compare to Argento’s film becuase it is perfect, but damn this is a powerful new addition to the world Argento created and, in its own right, it’s stands like the tall, powerful females within it.