Review by Xavier J. Thomas
Suspiria is a psychological thriller which focuses on Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson), an aspiring dancer who moves to Berlin in hopes snagging an auditionfora prestigious dance academy. Unbeknownst to her, the academy is a cover-up for a ritualistic coven of witches.
For what seemed like a complex yet engaging story, I found myself perplexed with what was happening most of the time and surmise it was simply due to. the manner in which the plot played out onscreen.
Yes, it’s visually entrancing. However, Suspiria lacks clarity relying on imagery and closeups as a means to tell the story hoping you’ll ‘figure it out.’ Dakota Johnson gives an impressive performance and the cast overall was great.
Produced and directed by Luca Guadagnino, one can appreciate he understands momentous tension and how to build upon it. This film stays with you even in the ‘joyous‘ moments leading all the way up to the controversial third act. So, if you are someone that can screen the same film multiple times, you will find Suspiriato be a work of art.
We’ve come a long way since the average stranger with a knife, but frankly, it demands too much attention. Produced by Amazon Studios, Susperia hits theatres October 26.