Sucker Punch (2011), movie review.
Honestly, I didn’t know what to think of Sucker Punch before I saw it. Having seen it, I’m still struggling to understand what I just watched. The plot jumps from one thing to the next, almost entirely without explanation of what’s going on. At first I thought that lead character, “Babydoll” (played by Emily Browning), was being sent to an insane asylum in Vermont, but with changing gears she’s now working in a brothel. As it turns out *minor spoiler* she is really just experiencing hallucinations that she was in a brothel. I’m not sure if through the writing I was supposed to know this, because for a while I thought that the insane asylum was just a front for the brothel, but someone watching it with me who had already seen it told me that she was just imagining it all. After that the movie was a teeny bit better, but it would have added greatly to the movie if it had been more clear in the actually movie that that’s what was going on, instead of having an outside force set it straight for me.
The story of Sucker Punch is pretty simple. Babydoll is joined by some other girls, she convinces them that they could break out, and so the make a list of everything the need and go after them. Each item on the list is obtained by going through a CG heavy fight-scene that takes place in Babydoll’s head. These fight scenes are mostly entertaining and feature loads of slow-mo, explosions, katanas, and women in skimpy outfits.
Visually the movie is stunning. Using CG heavily the world comes to life as dark and gritty. Everything has a dark tint to it. If I were reviewing the movie solely on it visuals it’d probably get a ten out of ten.
Sadly the rest of the movie has a ways to go in order to catch up.
The writing and acting both never seem to come together. It seems like lead actress Emily Browning was placed in the role more based off her looks and not so much her ability to recite lines in a compelling fashion. I realize that the movie isn’t taking itself completely serious, but when you have a bunch characters with names like “Babydoll,” and “Sweet Pea” it becomes really hard not to just laugh at them instead of listen to them.
I felt that this movie had several similarities with the Kill Bill series. Both of the movies have a female protagonist that wields a katana, the both contain a list, and their both over-the-top. But unlike Kill Bill, Sucker Punch’s female characters are extermely sexualized. Whether it be walking around in tight a revealing school girl outfits, doing strip teases all the time, and or wearing absurd amounts of make-up, the movie never misses a chance to sexualize the girls.
If you’re a guy and you have nothing to do this might be a fun movie to rent on the weekend with friends. But other than that I can’t really recommend this movie. The fight scenes are great, but there are movies out there with good characters and plot, alongside great fight scenes.
The soundtrack is a little hit-or-miss, and several of the songs are reused.
Jon Hamm’s cameo is really the only acting that was forgettable. And even that wasn’t his best.
Plot threads are poorly explained, and lines feel uninspired. I’ve seen better.
Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jaime Chung, Carla Gugino, and Oscar Isaac.
Posted on October 11, 2011, in 2011, Movie, Review and tagged Abbie Cornish, Brattleboro, Carla Gugino, Emily Browning, Jaime Chung, Jena Malone, movie, Oscar Isaac, Review, Sucker Punch, Vanessa Hudgens, Vermont, Zack Snyder. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.