RSS

PHILm Review: Sucker Punch

09 Apr

Leaving the theatre, I felt like a sucker… for having paid to see this.

You will doubtless know director Zac Snyder for 300 and Watchmen, his two comic book adaptations. The first was critically acclaimed and the second… well, not so much. His latest, Sucker Punch, is the next step down on his now steady decline.

While I have the utmost respect for the authors of those two graphic novels (Frank Miller & Alan Moore respectively – titans of their industry and artistic geniuses) I feel fairly safe pointing out that the tenor of the two graphic novels is worlds apart; the subject matter of 300 was mainly machismo and violence, while Watchmen has some of the richest characters and intricate story telling in any work of fiction.

Thus, Snyder’s inability to take his adaptation of Watchmen beyond the gloss and violence he happily splashed around in with 300, and engage in the intellectual side is a pretty clear indicator of the man’s capabilities; Sucker Punch is about as far from intellectual as you can get. The closest comparison I could make would be to observe that the film is essentially Sailor Moon set in a brothel / psychiatric ward.

In terms of story, the movie is a mess.  I think I was meant to walk out pondering how the several layers of reality overlapped and where the true reality lay, and how smart and creative Zac Snyder is, but all I really felt was confused. But then again, I did give up early on… when the steam-punk zombie Nazis turned up.

The plot is one pointless action scene after another strung together with a flimsy excuse for a frame narrative. The copious amounts of Snyder’s signature slowmo are still effective, even if it’s making it clearer and clearer he’s a one-trick pony. However, the ungodly amount of bullet-time makes some of the more intense action sequences nauseatingly hard to follow. As to the purpose of these ultra-violent daydreams, I’m still wondering. I assume it’s because without them movie would only run 55 minutes.

The cast is compromised almost entirely of under-aged, hyper-sexualized females who live under constant threat of physical harm and sexual violence. Never once are any of them given anything like real clothes and there aren’t 5 straight minutes in this movie without a gratuitous up-skirt shot. It’s unnecessary titillation for the sheer sake of it and it left me feeling uncomfortable and slimy for pretty much 110 minutes straight. The characters aren’t even given anything better than stripper names! ‘Baby Doll’, ‘Blondie’, ‘Sweet Pea’… need I go on? It’s no wonder the film has offended women’s rights groups and been roundly decried as sexist.

Rare is the movie that I will label ‘terrible’ outright. This movie isn’t quite one of them; but it’s close. I suppose there were some things I liked; for instance Jena Malone’s hair during the dream sequences was neat. That and Scott Glenn sure is looking a lot like Leonard Nimoy these days. However the latter is really more of an observation than an endorsement.

At the end of the day, it’s pretty clear when the film ends what this movie actually is meant to be: one big ego trip for Snyder. His name is on the first 4 slides after the movie ends; he makes damn sure you know he wrote, produced and directed the film before anyone else gets any credit for anything. Frankly Zac, is this was the best I could come with, I’m not sure I’d go around plastering my name all over it.

If this is the best Zac Snyder can do when left to his own devices, I don’t have a lot of hope for Superman: Man of Steel.

The PHILm Review

[ Click for more PHILm Reviews ]

Advertisements
 
7 Comments

Posted by on April 9, 2011 in Movies

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

7 responses to “PHILm Review: Sucker Punch

  1. dragonwhistle

    April 25, 2011 at 17:08

    Dear Canalian,
    I really must disagree with your review of Sucker Punch.
    I watched the movie again with a timer and there was one section in the middle without an up-skirt for 9 minutes. Please get it right!!
    dw

     
    • The Canalian

      May 4, 2011 at 10:37

      My sincerest apologies… I’ll have my entire fact-checking team fired for this! 😉

       
  2. Tawnya

    May 22, 2013 at 19:16

    Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme of this site. It’s simple,
    yet effective. A lot of times it’s hard to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and appearance. I must say you’ve done a fantastic job with this.
    Additionally, the blog loads super fast for me on Internet explorer.
    Superb Blog!

     
  3. vocamus.net

    May 24, 2013 at 04:57

    Howdy! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO?
    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good
    success. If you know of any please share. Thank you!

     
  4. help.31dns.net

    May 24, 2013 at 11:23

    I visited many web sites but the audio quality for
    audio songs existing at this website is actually superb.

     
  5. http://www.vegetablejuicingrecipesforweightloss.com/juicing/juicing-is-a-fresh-and-exciting-way-to-get-nutrition-without-a-lot-of-time/

    May 25, 2013 at 00:45

    Howdy, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of
    spam comments? If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything
    you can recommend? I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any assistance is very much appreciated.

     
  6. streaming vieo film x HD

    July 8, 2013 at 00:38

    Est ultra 1 site de cul de qualité pour les adultes de 22 ans, qui contient films x et rubriques
    comme : baise amateur, Salop, Public, Sexe
    fr, Maman

     

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: