New Suspiria is straight up excellent.
Just it has nothing to do with the original beyond a girl named Susie Bannion goes to a dance school in Germany and there are witches.
But the two biggest ways it differs are that, one, the original ends wish Susie triumphantly marching off while the remake repeatedly drives home that we delude ourselves into going for fairy tale the big bad is gone so everything is fine now accomplishments in life when that’s some bullshit and the way the movie ties that in with it being set in Berlin in the 70s is extremely effective as well as how it ties in with Susie’s own briefly shown childhood in ultra conservative home schooled religious zealotry in the late 50s and early 60s (going by the actress’ age and how the cast is all clearly meant to be a little older here) in Ohio. The movie goes into territory regarding guilt and despair (sigh) over surviving WWII and the continued personal fallout of that in ways I wasn’t expecting - Like you 100% understand why a Mother of Sighs, Mother of Darkness, and Mother of Despair exist. The other more obvious thing is that the original could take place anywhere where there’s an old building in a rural area, but this movie HAS to take place when it where it took place and I appreciate movies that establish a sense of place that well.
Also this movie did something that genuinely impressed me, it has a moment or two with some CG blood splatter amid the practical stuff that didn’t take me out of the film at all despite my hatred of that. They wisely reserved this for moments that went into surreal-ness just enough that it works. In the mean time there was sufficient practical gore, intestines laying around, nasty as hell leg wounds, makeup/etc. that it looked great.
The movie in general feels a lot like it’s from the time it was filmed in. It’s very ambitiously shot which is great, but the pacing feels old fashioned. Managing to be relaxed and leisurely despite lots of individually very intense scenes. Compared to the original’s short run time (this one is straight up two hours and 32 minutes!) I’d say this is a lot closer to some of those sorta giallo but not quite movies of the 70s, something like Stigma or The Perfume of the Lady in Black comes to mind in that respect. But the editing is great and all of the performances are good so I never got bored.
Another thing I was not expecting was how the plot goes more into how the witches work regarding their rites of succession and how they worship the Three Mothers and so on and there’s a clear old vs. new schism regarding that. If you want to look up something as specific as Italian witchcraft in the 70s you can see how this parallels the actual schism that was kind of set out in a couple of written works throughout the 70s creating a separation at that time between “stregonaria” - Catholic and folk magic inspired beliefs and customs developed by Italians who immigrated to North America/the rest of western Europe, and “stregheria” witchcraft which was mean to be more strictly based on “The Old Religion” practices that were Etruscan in origin (The supposed Mother of Sighs to be, Helena Markos, being insanely old and Greek- isn’t a coincidence either in this remake or in the original). Not really into the stuff myself but it’s cool to see something more realistic like this in a movie instead of the more typical one person against a bunch of evil drones coven sort of thing.
Anyway the movie is packed, it’s pretty impressive. Like I didn’t even get into how Tilda Swinton plays Blanc, Markos, AND Dr. Josef or how the state of the coven is chronologically matched to the PFLP hijacking.