Oh, man, where do I begin? So many conflicted feelings about this Sucker Punch. Or not. Well, when all is said and done, it goes like this: Zack Snyder masturbates all over the screen but ultimately ends up shooting blanks.
Oh, man, where do I begin? So many conflicted feelings about this Sucker Punch. Or not. Well, when all is said and done, it goes like this: Zack Snyder masturbates all over the screen but ultimately ends up shooting blanks. The audience gets sucker punched. Duped by all the sparkly things, I was suckered into this hollow movie-going experience. You need more? I got ’em if you want ’em.
So, this girl named Baby Doll (What?) gets sent to a mental asylum by her evil step-father and has arranged for her to get a lobotomy in 5 days. As she faces unimaginable odds, she retreats into a fantastical world in her imagination where she and four other females plot to escape the asylum. Reality and fantasy blur (that’s for sure) as Baby Doll and the other women must battle various creatures and foes to retrieve 5 items they need to set them free from their captors before this Baby Doll gets the awl in the brain treatment.
But instead, Zack Snyder, who wrote the story, chooses to lobotomize the audience. Ok, Ok, I admit it, I wanted to love this so much. I even lowered my expectations thinking it will be a visual masterpiece even though the story will surely be thin. I figured the characters would be under-developed, some of the dialogue would be silly, much of the plot would be a little absurd and flatly comic book-y. And I was right. All of those things are completely true. Sure all the acting is, well, ok. I mean they only have what was written for them, generally speaking. But everyone is a two-dimensional figure. There’s very little development so you don’t really care about anything. But even after all that, I figured at least the visuals and the action would be mind-bogglingly awesome.
Much to my dismay, though the uber stylized action of the CG scenes are at times eye-poppingly cool, for the most part they are so choreographed, so sterile, that even those don’t have the “wow” effect they should. It’s even somehow worse than just watching a video game. There is so much ultra slow-motion stuff that that it becomes uninteresting to watch. There’s so much posing; every action sequence has 3 or 4 of what compare to a splash page in a comic book. How many of those can you take? Eventually you just get tired of them.
And speaking of these action sequences, they’re all in someone’s imagination. It’s a little inexplicable, but it seems that when Baby Doll dances, people are so mesmerized that the women can do stuff, like find the items they need to escape, and no one notices them. And for some reason, at the same time, they enter this crazy world of the imagination where all this crazy stuff happens. Ok, fine, but who is making up all these elaborate scenarios? Whatever; the rules are all kinda blurred in this movie anyway. Who needs an excuse right? People’s inner 15 year old boy don’t need reasons for this kind of stuff.
And these women are all pretty hot. And yet, somehow that hotness is muted here. It’s not particularly titillating at all. And when I said that Baby Doll dances? Strangely, you never ACTUALLY see her dance, they just allude to it.
There are SOME good things, like the sequence where she battles the giant samurai. That’s really cool. But the sequence with the dragon that I figured would be stupefying? Not so much. Kinda under-whelming, really.
Seriously, overall Sucker Punch was devoid of feeling and the thrills were surprisingly sparse. I don’t think I have ever been more disappointed after leaving a movie theater. Zack Snyder must have the George Lucas Syndrome – no one said ‘no’ to him. I am egregiously vexed by this. Two kittenhands at most, and that may be generous. Catch the DVD for some of the action scenes, but this was a huge blow to my expectations.
~ Neil T. Weakley, your average movie-goer, utterly dumb-founded that this is such a Fail.