Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” and Steve McQueen’s “Widows” Trailers

Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name” (2017) and “I Am Love” (2009)) is rebooting Dario Argento’s cult classic of the same name, and from the many plot similarities, it can be described as a remake (despite what actors may say). There seem to be both similarities and differences in the presentation: the music hints at the original, but some visuals are innovative. My favourite element here will be Tilda Swinton as Madame Blanc, a clever cast. It will also be interesting to see her character’s antagonistic tension and relationship with the character of Dakota Johnson. My concern is that I hope the film will remain dark and provocative with nice scary jumps, and not become too ridiculous. I am also disappointed with the cast of Johnson. She seems to be good here, but my belief is that someone younger with more remarkable features should have been cast in the lead role. Since it is Luca Guadagnino, a stylish and thought-provoking presentation is guaranteed. The original material is also intriguing, so it promises to be a good film.  

Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave” (2013) and “Shame” (2011)) is making a film based on the 1985 British TV series of the same name. In that story, the widows of men killed in a heist take the reins to pull off their husbands’ job. Therefore, the parallels will be drawn with “Ocean’s 8” (2018), which also has an all-female lead cast and involves criminal activities. “Widows” promises to be a fast-paced, entertaining film with the great cast attached: Viola Davis (“The Help” (2011)), Colin Farrell (“The Lobster” (2015)), Liam Neeson (“Silence” (2016)), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby” (2013)), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out” (2017)) and Robert Duvall, among others. It looks like Davis will particularly shine here, and while Flynn (the scriptwriter) will stress women’s empowerment, McQueen may also touch on race and politics. A first-class heist film awaits. 

7 thoughts on “Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” and Steve McQueen’s “Widows” Trailers

  1. Yeah That Widows movie looks good. It’s like Ocean’s 8 will the comedic heist film but Widows will be the real deal. I am curious to watch both versions of Suspiria with my niece and ge

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  2. Suspiria (1977) has great atmosphere and a killer soundtrack, but the story is admittedly pretty thin. I hope the new Suspiria team put greater effort into the plot and characterization. Not be an empty homage but try something new.

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    1. I agree with you. Plot and full characterisation are somewhat lacking in the original Suspiria. I think certain parts there in the film (music, certain scenes and the colour palette) are more impressive than the film as a whole. Swinton did say in the interview that the new film tries to do its own thing, so fingers crossed.


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