Swigs of Sucker Punch

I am not entirely sure how I feel about this movie.

The bad:

  • Zack tried to play this movie off as “Women kick ass” when it just portrays “Dudes are assholes and women just have to grin and bear it until someone comes to save them”.
  • Baby Doll’s escape fantasies are basically straight video game rips, but the movie is supposed to be based in what appears to be the 50s.
  • A bit of the CGI sucks. (Though it is kind of funny considering the game it obviously references)
  • The big unspoken evil in the movie was abuse, but it was subtle enough for GADS of people to miss it.
  • It is really, really depressing.

The middle:

  • The dialogue was fairly meh and full of clichés.  – I’ll give that a pass since it was not only staged in a mental institution full of severely damaged people, but also had a traumatized young girl who dived into fantasy at every chance as the editor. Zack probably wasn’t thinking that hard, but that angle makes it better.
  • It seems Snyder had good intentions for the story, but got lost in his own ideas of empowerment and was thwarted further by nitpicking edits.
  • The protagonists are pretty much blank slates. Many of the folks who dislike this movie hate that, but it touches back on the fact that this movie is very game, and/or action flick, based.

But on the frosted side:

  • Armored mech with a pink bunny on it. (I’m easy sometimes.)
  • Most of the CGI was very pretty. I left the movie drunk off the visuals.
  • I’m a gamer. Sometimes I have to take turns playing a game. It doesn’t make the game any less fun.
  • The first few minutes of the movie, which lacked dialogue, were extremely well done. If the whole movie would have been that, it would have been fantastic.
  • The soundtrack, though full of covers, fit the scenes quite well.

Wait… Pretty, even sounds hot, kind of stupid, and you wake up the next day with a headache from the past night’s events.

Did I pick up Sucker Punch at the bar?