This is definitely gonna be one of the divisive films of the last 10 years at least. I have mixed feelings about it. There’s obviously a lot of meaning behind the craft of this film and hell if I can figure out the meaning behind it. There were points where I thought the movie was messy and other times where I think it succeeded in what it wanted to do.
On one hand some of the films strengths include the pacing in the first half which builds tension, introduces characters that are mysterious, interesting and well thought out and the aura of mystery that is perpetuated by the dance academy. On the other hand the film has some of the most jarring sequences I’ve seen period.
Especially the climax of the film before the epilogue which is one of the most jarring and frankly insane things I’ve seen and I don’t know if it’s garbage or not. I can’t tell if it’s the films fault or mine for not getting it. Some of the imagery and violence was so sporadic/excessive that it took me out of the film and just left me disgusted in a bad way.
The film has some enlightening things to say about the dance industry and 1970’s culture in general but I feel sometimes the film loses focus when it tries to balance so many plot plots, imagery and themes. My opinion could change though and I can’t deny that this film is well made on a technical level with the acting, score and choreography being particularly well done.
The one definitive thing I can say about this film is that I have never seen a film like Suspiria. It is one of the most unique and original films I have seen for a long time.
I’m gonna give this a 6 as a placeholder.
See it for yourself and make up your own mind.