I want to apologize for anyone who was looking forward to my Sucker Punch review, or rather just my thoughts on the movie. I would have loved to released a blog post more in time with the movie, but sometimes my time is short because of work, school assignments, and finding the time to make a blog.
To start, for those who've already seen the movie, what did you think?
I can say I understand the mixed reactions, and I think there are likely more people who may have not loved the movie, and maybe some who did. Isn't that great though about opinions? Who is right? Well frankly no one is wrong, when it comes down to it.
So, was Sucker Punch a great visual masterpiece on the silver screen, or was it a convoluted disaster and waste of time?
Well, that is something I can't answer for you because I enjoyed the movie, but I admit I didn't love it, and I only "liked" it. There was some glaring problems with the movie, some issues I had, and I even got a little lost inside the movie, albeit I also had fun, enjoyed the visual eye candy of the movie (more on that), and ultimately I came away pleased but not excited as I would have liked.
The first big flaw I had about the movie was the story. Now I'm going to admit I wasn't hoping for much a story in this movie. I was only hoping to watch some pretty girls beat some Samurai statues around, kill a few dragons, and fight a bunch of Steampunk soldiers. In that regard, I came away pleased, but it's hard to ignore the story was losing itself a few times and even confused me a bit. The problem I had going on was deciding if Zack Snyder was trying to give me a great action movie or deep "psychological" thriller of some sort. He really did bring some great enjoyable imagination scenes that made me have fun with the movie, but his storytelling was really off beat and at times it just seemed like characters were going from place to place without any smooth transitions.
Pick your flavor.
The characters I felt weren't well developed, and at times I felt the movie was trying to get me to be emotional about the characters and their situation, or should I just say Baby Doll's story. We know why she's in the insane asylum, although we don't learn anything else relating to the other crazy girls inside there. Baby Doll and her "crazy" inmates don't even seem like people that should belong in this nut house, so why are they there? Did their evil step fathers throw them in there too? Well, forget about knowing any of these ladies, because most of them seem to be just there to fill the screen with sexy ladies. A shame really, it would have helped me care for the characters more when the movie wanted me to.
That is perhaps the biggest gripe I had with the movie, and while anyone will say the action, fantasy, and eye catching scenes can more than make up for it, the problem was that it helps soften the blow, but it doesn't save the film sadly.
To clarify, the movie's greatest moments were these high fantasy scenes, where Baby Doll goes into her imaginary world, fights Samurai Statues come to life, totting machine guns, giant swords, and other weapons. When Baby Doll gets battered around the floor by these statues, and the stone floor shatters and breaks beneath her, yet she comes out with nary a scratch, you feel like you're watching something from a video game. When you see the gang going around shooting some Steampunk mechanized soldiers, and the camera goes into this almost First Person view like a video game, it's pretty exciting and looks cool. All of these little touches makes me feel like Zack Snyder was trying to make a movie for gamers, fantasy lovers, and people who don't care for story.
Who loves hot girls with guns and machine gun robots with Rabbit faces?
That would have been great. I also appreciate the movie doesn't just sex up the girls; in fact I can see how it shows "empowerment" towards females. These girls sure look pretty, and while they wear some really stylish and beautiful wardrobes, the movie does retain a bit of classiness that keeps it clean. I enjoy that, because it makes the characters a little more human, normal, and believable, yet at the same time we don't get that human story we had hoped for in the movie. So sorry anyone who had hoped to see panty shots and other degrading shots of the girls. There's no sexy shower scene and never do we see the girls even topless from the back.
Overall, I have to say be cautious about this movie. I believe renting it may be best, because not everyone may be able to justify the price of admission for this movie. I would personally watch it again, because there have been movies where I expected one thing and came away unhappy or not fully satisfied, but when I watched them again, knowing what to expect, I had found them more enjoyable. Also thank you again for reading my article. As for my next subject, I have a few ideas around, so hopefully I can post one soon within the week.