Like most of Wes Anderson’s previous films, The French Dispatch is deliberately paced without ever becoming boring, quirky without ever being inaccessible and artistic without ever growing pretentious. It’s a cinematic treat enhanced by creative production design and a wonderful score by Alexandre Desplat. Fans of the director will be familiar with all his moves, but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable.
Long, arty, gruesome and maybe a little grandiose, Suspiria is certainly bold, to say nothing of polarizing. Aside from the basic plot, it has little in common with Dario Argento’s 1977 classic, with a completely different aesthetic and tone. Whether or not one approves of what director Luca Guadagnino has done with the material, simply rehashing the original would have been pointless.
To say this film is heavy handed is a huge understatement, the metaphor of the train classes to the classes in real life is over done and really not subtle at all, we are beaten over the head with it.