Sucker Punch has finally been released here in NZ and I saw it immediately after Rio last night. Unfortunatley as Rio was winding down I began to feel a red hot knitting needle push its way between my eyes. Curses, the start of a migraine. I hoped it wouldn't get too viscious, but alas it did, and with a two hour movie to sit through. Suffice to say readers, I was in excrutiating pain by half way through and wanting the movie to end so I could go home and die in bed.
So even though I sat through Sucker Punch in some respects I missed it. I was disappointed and seriously pissed off as I had been eagerly awaiting Sucker Punch ever since I first saw the trailer months ago. My ardour wasn't doused by the plethora of negative reviews on blogosphere either. So can you imagine how a movie you were really hanging out to see was so spoiled? Isn't fate a bitch??!
Being in pain and watching a movie isn't fun. With enough pins and needles behind your eyes watching a movie in the dark is excrutiating to say the least. But I perservered my good readers. Firstly is Sucker Puch as bad as is being purported? Well yes and certainly no. For me if you saw Battle: L.A. then you have seen Sucker Punch. They are both similar in being action driven with some terrible plot driven, cheesily acted plot scenes in between. Like Battle: L.A, Sucker Puch should just edit out these scenes and be a straight out two hour fight fest. Honestly the acting is bad and the plot terrible. These scenes are only used to string together each action sequence and quality be damned.
It is a real shame because the action sequences are really something. The CGI is absolutely stunning and a virtual symphony for the eyes. You will not be disappointed by what you see, and with the awfulness of the joining scenes you'll be glad to get back to them. The action is backed up by a cool, hard driving sound track and are alot of fun. Pity I was suffering because I really, really, wanted to enjoy them more than I did.
The problem is exactly like Battle: L.A though. Once the action is over you are back to the awfulness of the acting and dialogue. The plot is thin to say the least and is somewhat repugnant. I did not like the plot being one of girls being thrown into a mental asylum and being forced into prostitution. Babydoll, the main character is told her virginity is going to be sold to a 'high roller'! Is that really appropriate?? It is a diabolical practise anyway and left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I'm not a prude, but enforced prostitution is despicable even within a fictional movie like this. I'm sure there were other unpleasant scenarios Zach Snyder could have come up with in which the girls wanted to escape from.
So the back ground plot is one from which there is no real escape except in the mind. It is a good premise and Babydoll, who escapes through dance routines, has a vivid imagination! Even though the plot is thin and the plot scenes awful they do an adequate enough job in tying the action sequences together. The cast is realitively unknown but Abbie Cornish is a fine actress but I couldn't believe how bad she was in this!! It was if the rest of the cast is bad so I should be to! What a waste of talent. Some will love the fact that this is an eye-candy movie with lots of hot young babes walking, running, jumping, killing, grunting,etc,etc, around in skimpy outfits. It nevers delves into nudity or border line porn, but somehow it went over my head. Again it was style over substance. Lots of flesh to detract from lack of decent plot and acting me thinks. There is certainly no denying with Sucker Punch who the target audience is!!!!!
So is Sucker Punch worth your time and money. Well definitely is all I can say. It is all style and entertainment. I personally like this style of film making but I wish that more attempts were made into making the non-action scenes as quality driven. I don't think it is good practice to insult audiences with stunning CGI and then bombard them with crap in between. Ulimately Sucker Punch has to be judged by its negatives because they are totally unneccessary. The plot, acting, and dialogue are truely awful, and a real pain, as it lowers what could have been a superbly stylistic movie into a load of style over substance drivel. Also Synder has the annoying habit of trying to 'intellectualise' his movies. Watchmen was bad for it and one of the many reasons why I absolutely hated it. Sucker Punch ends with Babydoll telling us all about life and that it is worth fighting for, etc, etc. She is only twenty so it is somewhat condesending. Snyder should drop this practise and stick to just making stylistic actioners. As a film maker I like what he does but he does need to improve on many things. I hope he does as he has alot to offer as a film maker. It is up to him to listen to the audience and give them what they want.
I say though go and see Sucker Puch because in between the drivel are some stunning CGI action sequences which have a cool soundtrack. Good 'n' loud, it is ultimately pure fun and a great way to spend several hours. Don't take it too seriously and you won't be disappointed, as it does deliver the goods visually. I may have to see it again at the flicks because I really was ill through it and didn't enjoy it as much as I may have otherwise done. Ulimately, with Sucker Punch dividing opinions world wide, you just have to see it and decide for yourself.