Suspiria ★★

Getting disappointed by a movie you've been looking forward to for some time to me is equally as valuable as getting astonished by a movie that wasn't on your radar at all. Both things teach me that with art, there will always be individuality, unpredictability and subjectivity and if I keep watching movies at this rate and my watchlist were empty in two years, I still won't reach the end of good films. So with this out the way, let me tell you why I didn't enjoy "Suspiria".

First of all, I have a hard time accepting technical issues and shortcomings with a big production movie (20 million dollar budget). The audio is terribly mixed, the dialogue volumes are all over the place, the sync is absolutely horrible in parts and the subs flat out don't work during the "German" parts (I checked several streaming platforms in several languages). This wouldn't be that much of a problem if the actors actually put any effort in trying to pronounce anything remotely correct in German, but I was not able to understand most parts and with no subs things just got lost. And what they did to Klemperer's audio/voice... I won't even get into it. To me, these are the basics a film needs to get straight. And then there is this strangely unfitting camera work and cringeworthy shaky reaction shots, dance scenes that were not convincible at all and, despite decent cinematography, shock value images for the sake of shock value images, which I am not fond of at all. I get if this freaks people out and works for you guys but to me it just seems so cheap. In fact, the "horror" aspect of this horror movie did not even reach me on the surface. Plus I laughed way to hard at the jabba the hutt thing in the end and I did not care at all for the thin and stale plot here. Yes, Thom Yorke. Yes. Okay. But. No.

Lastly, I have a problem with the fact that this movie stylised itself as a powerful feministic body of work due to the "visibility" of female characters. This to me, although a great intention, yet again seems just cheap. We don't just need to see more women on screen, certainly not women playing male roles, but we need the RIGHT ROLES written for the RIGHT female cast. More of that. But this? Sorry it's a lazy and cheap marketing strategy and I don't buy it.

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