Suspiria 2018: A dance with the Devil

I’ve only seen bits and pieces of the original 1977 Italian horror film Suspiria by Dario Argento but when I saw the trailer for the new remake, I knew that it was going to be a very different film. The original Suspiria was a very colorful film and I wish that this new one used colors the same way but unfortunately, we live in a world where everything has to look realistic and boring.

The 2018 remake of Suspiria is directed by Luca Guadagnino and was produced by Amazon Studios. Similar to the original film, this film follows Suzy Bannion – played by Dakota Johnson – an American girl who travels to Berlin in 1977 to train at a dance academy. Once there, Suzy comes under the tutelage of Madame Blanc – played by the wonderful Tilda Swinton. Unlike the original film which kind of took its time before revealing the witches, in this film, we learn about the witches right from the get go and we see some supernatural things happen.

Something that I found odd with this film was that even though Suzy is presented to us as the main character, Sara – played by Mia Goth – is clearly the much better and much more active protagonist. I think Sara’s character is what Suzy should have been.

There are many things that this movie does right and there are also many things that the movie does wrong. I enjoyed the dance sequences and I really liked Sara’s character. The witches are also interesting and some of the witch craft scenes are pretty brutal. The cinematography and music are decent. There were three things that I did not like about this film. The first was how passive and boring Suzy was as a character, the second was the weird and almost unnecessary ending and the third was the completely unnecessary psychiatrist, Doctor Klemperer.

Doctor Klemperer is given so much screen time, even though he does not really affect the story in any way and the fact that he was played by Tilda Swinton in makeup instead of getting an actual old guy was pretty distracting.

Overall, I would say that Suspiria is a decent film if you’ve got nothing else to do on a Saturday afternoon. From what I understand, it doesn’t hold up to the original but it has its good moments.

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