Suspiria

Suspiria ★★★½

Luca Guadagnino's remake of "Suspiria" is radically different and, in many ways, more sophisticated than Dario Argento's original, sometimes even too much. I like slow-burning horror movies, but this one was way too long and convoluted, with an unnecessary political subtext. It feels like every time a film is set in Germany, writers must add mandatory references to Nazis and the likes to add depth to their script, which in this case was not necessary.

I wish they could use that time to help us understand what the hell was going on. The plot is not that complex once you have seen the whole thing once, but there are so many scenes that looked great but just felt random. In this kind of film, you are supposed to lock your logic in a drawer and be taken away by the atmosphere and visuals, but I again found Guadagnino's cinematography strikingly beautiful but at the same time emotionless. It's like going through an haute couture catalog that has the purpose of showing off the flawless art direction without much communicative intent.

Don't get me wrong, I liked the overall mood and aesthetics, a lot of scenes will be remembered as some of the best of this generation of horror films. Olga's scene and the last couple of acts are enough to make "Suspiria" worth watching. I just wished it was more concise, focused, and maybe less masturbatory.

On a side note, I don't get why they had Tilda Swinton take on three roles with apparently no reason. I didn't notice until I read a couple of articles after watching the film, but I spent half of the movie distracted by how unnatural and cartooney that old man moved and sounded like. Same as the choice of hiring Thom Yorke for the soundtrack, was it just a publicity stunt?

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