Wednesday 6 April 2011

120: Review - Sucker Punch

CAUTION: Yen's blog contains harsh language and even harsher notions of propriety. Reader discretion is advised.

Sucker Punch
06 April 2011. Location: Cinema

• Hot chicks with guns and katanas
• Steampunk zombies
• Chrome assassin droids
• Giant Samurai robots
• Industrial grunge soundtrack
• Zack Snyder directing

What's not to love? ...right?

Scenario A: This is a two hour tour-de-force fairytale, with multiple layers of metaphor and symbolism, working together and independently, to create a story exploring the nature of reality, consciousness and escapism through female empowerment.

Scenario B: This is two hours of visually stunning, but thematically bereft, misogynistic drivel, set to a soundtrack of remixes and cover versions, aimed squarely at the 16-25 male demographic, who value being sensorially bludgeoned to the point of not having to think about what's happening on-screen, with a bucketload of very prominent callbacks to make viewers feel better about themselves.

It's at least one of those two. Quite possibly both. Like Brazil for the Xbox generation. If you're going to watch it, see it at the cinema. The spectacle will be greatly diminished on DVD.

This looks like one of the best films I've ever seen.
But if feels like one of the worst.


7 for the visuals. 1 for the content.
Snyder can do (and has done) so much better than this.

• ^^^ That's dry, British humour, and most likely sarcasm or facetiousness.

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1 comment:

  1. you summed it up in one. bro.
    I felt like what was the purpose of making something so beautiful, so pointless?

    ~I still don't get the ending! and the choice of soundtrack only worked 50% of the time.

    even my 12 year old Son, asked me if it was a Game I used to play as a kid, he is so used to game tie in games.

    in a nutshell, It was enjoyable on the big screen, but bereft of any real point? will be a nice movie to show of a nice TV set up, I just hope there is a fan edit, with plot, and soundtrack remux.. ;-)