Suspiria ★★★½

Let's get the unpleasantries out of the way first; no, I have not watched Argento's giallo masterpiece - one of the more significant contributions to cinema. So, I haven't watched the 1977 original and I know that the hair-power "Suspiria, 1977" can swallow this outing (some may use the word sacrilegious) whole and spit out a more entertaining film than the 152 minute long, stylized, a grandiose modernization of the original.

I realize, I really do, However, I haven't watched Argento's film and this one, although a tad bit too long, did manage to cause much distress, so much so that for a major part of the re-make, I forgot to have fun, to appreciate the Flavian set design,value the well-choregraphed, checkered flooring of visual telling and also for me to admire the 'devil is the detail' performances. Luca Guadagnino's grand story telling style reminded me of many films of giallo-yore; the sudden zoom in, the tight spaces, the extreme close up, the dark corners, the low, Raimi framing and the angular shots, lingering on a face that could be a forceful twist; all of it put there just to make Tlda Swinton look bad.

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