Movie Review of ‘Sucker Punch’ from Cinema Static

by on July 10, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Emily Browning in SUCKER PUNCHThis is a movie review of Sucker Punch from Warner Bros. Pictures.  It stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Venessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, with appearances by Jon Hamm and Scott Glenn.  It was written and directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300; upcoming: Man of Steel).

I was never too hyped to go see this movie at the theater and have been debating about whether I should spend the money to even rent it.  And yet I did.  They say curiosity killed the cat.  This cat was maimed.

If anyone comes into this movie blind, meaning having not seen the millions of previews and articles describing what the movie is about, they would probably be very confused at the slow and brain-draining start of the movie.  They’d be thinking WTF?

And it looks like Americans have spoken.  The estimated budget for the movie was at $82M and it only made $19M in the U.S..  Though the overseas market boosted the worldwide tallie to around $86M so far.

But as it is, the movie starts out and the background story/intro  that more or less uses imagery and action to demonstrate the situation, and having known the situation, it made sense to me.

As Baby Doll (Browning) is committed to an asylum, she’s scehduled for a lobatomy but in the meantime, she spends time escaping into an imaginary world in her mind to deal with her being forced to dance for people.  Tthe guy who runs the asylum deploys the girls in a side business.

Every time Baby Doll has to dance for the bosses, we never see the dance, but rather, her imaginary world. she goes into her first imaginary battle with giant opponents.  All this, to escape the reality of what’s going on.

If you don’t know wha the movie is about from the get-go, some folks will be saying WTF?

scene from 'Sucker Punch'

This is a huge eye-candy fest with many gratuitous shots for the young boys.  The story is minimalist but the film is a wonderful visual experience laced with the atmosphere of huge, battle-scene music videos when Baby Doll goes into her dance/imagination trances.

While watching this movie, I thought to myself, “Joss Whedon empowers women through both story and action.  Zack Snyder empowers these women with very short skirts and lots of weaponry.”

To be honest, I watched it for the action scenes and they were pretty good.  Snyder loves creating visually stunning scenes.  It’s what he does well, from 300 to Watchmen, he creates entire environments from his scenics.  It was the same in Sucker Punch, but between the fantastic scenics was string-thin story.  Each fight scene was a stand-alone moment that was lighlty peppered with the story from her reality.

I was not dragged into the story at all and when she defeated giant Samurai, fire-breathing dragons and defeating mechanized dead soliders, it didn’t matter to me.  They were stand-aline moments.

Quotes from Scott Glenn’s character of the “Wise Man” from the dreams:

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

“Don’t write a check with your mouth that you can’t cash with your ass.”

“For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the shletered will never know”

Movie Review Popcorn Score 05If I had to score this movie, I’d give Sucker Punch popcorn-5.  It wasn’t horrible, it just didn’t make me care, at all. The ending was almost the best part, I think.  Maybe it was all the action-crotch shots.  I’m not sure.  But I’d say save your bucks until it makes it to cable TV that you already pay for.

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