Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sucker Punch (Rated PG-13)

I went to see "Sucker Punch" today despite it's horrible reviews. It was directed by Zack Snyder who also directed "300" and "Watchmen". Both of those movies received better reviews than this film. Let's try to figure out why, shall we?

- "300" has lots of violence and killing AND a lot of blood and gore. "Sucker Punch", while having lots of violence and killing kept the b & g to a minimum. A very minimum. And most of the killing happens to non-humans.
- "Watchmen" has one very VERY bad sex scene. "Sucker Punch" doesn't have any.
- "300" shows lots and lots of half-naked men and naked women. "Sucker Punch" shows midriffs and cleavage.
- "Watchmen" has characters dressed in Marvelesque costumes that have, for some reason, shrunk as the characters have aged. "Sucker Punch" dresses their heroines in school girl/steam punk outfits. Okay, not so great but at least they fit.
- "300" has a very basic plot. Beat the enemy. "Sucker Punch" also has a basic plot. Escape from the mental facility.
- "Watchmen" has Carla Gugino as a washed-out superhero. "Sucker Punch" has Carla Gugino as a psychotherapist/dance instructor.
- "300" has male action heroes. "Sucker Punch" has female action heroes.
- I've run out of "Watchmen"/"Sucker Punch" comparisons for now.
- "300" has Gerard Butler. "Sucker Punch" has Scott Glen. Oh wait. Okay, so in that case, "300" is way better.

Of the three movies, I think "300" was truly the best. But! Of the remaining two, "Sucker Punch" blew "Watchmen" out of the water. I had to force myself to finish watching "Watchmen". It was painful!

I've decided that the reason critics didn't like "Sucker Punch" as much as "300" is because it's more believable for men to kick tuckus and take names. Right? Ummm...no. I will have to admit that it's pretty amazing that none of the women had a scratch on them after very closely escaping death. Neat trick.

Some critics mentioned that this film is full of eroticism. I have a feeling some of them must have been on a short fuse the day they saw this. "Sucker Punch" alludes to the main character's erotic dancing...alot...but we never really see it. It also alludes to forced prostitution but we never see that either...thank goodness. Yes, "Sucker Punch" is a tad fetishistic (is that even a word?) but I didn't spend the entire movie thinking "If only I liked short skirts and leather." If I did, "300" would have another vote in it's favor. I'm just sayin'. Maybe the critics think that the bustiers were enough to label it erotic. Who knows?

Other critics mentioned that the action scenes dragged on way longer than they should. I LOVED the action scenes. Well, most of them. I did NOT love the dragon scene. I was so not rooting for the good guys in that one. I would really really really like to have the imagination that brought about those scenes. I would also really really really like to have a synonym for the word "scene".

I would like to mention that there is a bit of a cheese factor in this. It would have come only dangerously close to the line without one character but Scott Glenn managed to throw it over that precipice all by himself. "You've got stand for something or you'll fall for anything." Wow! Poignant. Who needs Yoda when you've got this guy?

Yes, I did like this movie but I also have a few questions. How on earth did she manage to do what she did at the beginning of the movie? Why can't this director EVER end movies the way most audiences would want him to? He's just mean that way. Why are there no marks on the main character at the end? Very confused. Why was the orderly crying? It was his fault!!! Why don't they answer these questions?

If "Sucker Punch" hadn't ended the way it did I would watch this movie again. With it's strong message of girl power through most of the film it still ends with the statement that no matter what they did the men win. Grrr!!! I did, however, enjoy the opening song and it's connection to the mental facility. You sneaky dogs, you.

I was told that P.T. wants to watch this movie because the heroines dress anime-ish. I would definitely not recommend this movie for her. Even though, as previously mentioned, there is very little blood & gore there is still lots and lots and lots and lots of killing and violence. I also think she's smart enough to connect the dots regarding the prostitution allusions. And finally, I wouldn't want her to see it because of what happens to the heroine at the end. It made me mad when it happened in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and it made me mad here. Oh, and there is some cussing. Just thought I'd throw that in.

Just an FYI...if you stay for the credits there is a sort of music video. If you don't want to see that there is nothing else worth staying for. This is not one of those movies with the extra scene at the end.

P.S. I will definitely be getting the soundtrack.

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