Imagine a building where one side is a dark, dreary insane asylum populated by sadistic guards, doctors and attractive female inmates, and the other side is a popular brothel and speakeasy. Sounds like the heart of a b-movie exploitation film and that’s what Sucker Punch, the new computer-graphics filled cinematic graphic novel from Zack Snyder, turns out to be.
The fantastic visuals are come from Baby Doll trying to escape the harsh reality of her new existence as a sort of indentured prostitute: she is extolled by the ambiguous Russian psychiatrist/madam Dr. Gorski (Carla Gugino) that “you create your own reality” and then encounters the Wise Man (Scott Glenn, who was awful in this role) in a strange Last Airbender-inspired Japanese temple that her fevered imagination creates. He explains to her that she needs five things to be able to permanently escape the hell of her existence, and thereby starts the quest.
Mess is the operative word here. It’s sexual without being sexy, action packed without being exciting.
Snyder is overrated, in my book. The fact that he’s been given the keys to the Superman franchise should scare fans of the Man of Steel.
Girl Interrupted x Inception x Anime. Also, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. No, it’s not really super easy to follow cotton-candy, junk food movie-pop, such as Transformers was. You have to think a little, and pay attention. Yes, it’s cheesy at parts, but poignant at others. Speaking as a 28 yr old female, I actually think the target audience is 16-38 yr old FEMALES, mostly because this is a sort of ironically-empowering film. As scantily-clad as these femme fatales of the dream sequences are, its the sort of sexy that every woman wants to be- cute, but strong. Not any of the grotesquely stripped down or overly erotic fantasies of all too many male-centric films. In the other scenes (Babydoll’s PTSD alternareality) yes, the girls are wearing lingerie, but this symbolizes the vulnerability that the main character feels at the mercy of the hospital and it’s cruel keeper (not necessarily all men). Obviously, men are not glorified at all here, but that doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of the movie. I also had no difficulty following the story line and keeping BD’s levels of (un)reality straight. I recommend a re-watch when it gets to NetFlix.
My prediction- highest-selling adult Halloween costume this year.
Take home message- I don’t think my life will ever be as bad as what the main character experienced in real life, but sometimes imagining yourself as a strong, smart, and sexy force-to-be-reckoned-with is exactly what you need to overcome your obstacles and be your own heroine. And you know what? If putting on some mascara or high-heels makes you feel unstoppable, do it. Confidence is the key. And a lobotomy 🙂
Fascinating comment. I can see what you’re saying, but I have to say that other than Baby Doll, I felt that the other women in the film were surprisingly UNempowered… but they did have great eyelashes!
I saw the movie in the cinema with 3 friends. All the way driving home, we argue’d whether the girls actually died in the real world or not.We didnt come to an agreement.
Pretty much like Inception, Sucker Punch is. Messing with our brains!
To be honest, I found this review to be a mess while the movie was fantastic. I think I should also point out that I am an 18 year old female. I agree with the comment made by A. Gray above. I found this movie to be empowering and, for once, it shows a strong female presence. The days of damsels in distress are over. Women are gaining power and no longer depend on men but instead are fighting against men. Sucker Punch is now one of my favourite movies for the message it gives to women but I wouldn’t expect the male mind to understand that, right Dave Taylor?
Thanks for your perspective, Chloe. Not sure why you think I’m inherently unable to appreciate the storyline of this film nor do I understand the snarky tone you use, but I respect your opinion and I’m fine with us disagreeing on the narrative mess that was Sucker Punch.
to get the story line you need to use logics (your brain) it all mainly starts when sweat pea shouts stop with the lobotomy thing because it tells you from then that its about sweat pea’s escape because shes on the stage and babydoll isn’t this is because babydoll acts as a guardian angel type of person to help out on sweat pea’s escape and when rocket dies its the same kind of situation of when babydoll’s little sister died at the start and the man who helps out in the stages is a father figure to the girls just like dr gorski is a mother figure to them and blue is the bully which helps the girls become fearless and stronger to make it through the stages oh yer im 15 and im a boy so how come no one else figured that out 🙂
also if you realise the mayor is the guy with the lighter when babydoll first enters the asylum.