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Suspiria

Posted on November 8, 2018 by James Shults

Release Date: November 2, 2018

Director: Luca Guadagnino

Overall Rating: Good

An American woman joins a prestigious German dance school where something sinister is afoot.

The Good

The tone and atmosphere is what elevates the reimagining of Suspiria, even above the original in some ways. Both use color to great effect. The original was vibrant and colorful. This is dull and muted. Red is the only color that pops. The original tried to scare the viewer. This version aims to fill the viewer with dread. Each are successful.

The Bad

There are some real life historical events that are referenced throughout the movie that may not add up to a whole lot other than being figuratively similar to the events going on at the center of the movie. They don’t hurt the movie too much but they do make an already long movie a touch more lingering than it needs to be.

The Ugly

Suspiria centers around a school that serves as a cover for a coven of witches. It’s about women. The cast is nearly completely made of women. The director of the movie, however, is a man, Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name). This movie has taken a bit of criticism because it was not directed by a woman. It’s an argument that makes a lot of sense. This is fully a feminine movie, filled with female characters and centered around a female story. Maybe it should have been directed by a woman as well. The positive is that the director did a good job. Suspiria is a thoughtful movie that treats its female characters with care.

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