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“Sucker Punch” Lacks Substance

Note to Zach Snyder: Giving a gun to a girl in a high heels and fishnets doesn’t empower her. Creating a fantasy world for that girl where she’s enslaved in a brothel doesn’t empower her. Giving her the ability to shimmy and shake men into a stupor doesn’t empower her.

Sucker Punch,” written and directed by Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”), is the story about a young women, Baby Doll (Emily Browning), who is institutionalized and soon to be lobotomized.

In order to survive her reality she creates a fantasy world where she is the star of a brothel. When she dances for the clients she slips into another fantasy world where she fights dragons, robots, and steam punk Nazi zombies.

To his credit, Snyder is an amazing visual director. “Sucker Punch” is a stunning movie to watch, if you don’t pay attention to silly things like story and character development. The worlds, within a world, within a world looked really cool.

And sadly, that’s about all this movie has to offer.

What promised to be a badass girl power movie wasn’t more than an excuse to dress up hot chicks in as little as possible and give them weapons to waive around.

The movie starts and ends with empowering messages about finding your inner strength to overcome any obstacle in your way. But the majority of the film abandons that idea completely.

The acting is decent enough, but is inconsequential. I believe there is a good story idea in there somewhere it’s just underdeveloped. I guess no matter how short the skirt, or how big the gun, nothing can make a lobotomy sexy.

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2 thoughts on ““Sucker Punch” Lacks Substance

  1. Nothing can make a lobotomy sexy, you say? What about Jack Nicholson in Milos Forman’s 1975 masterpiece of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”? What about that ruff ‘n tumble yet sensitive, brooding picture of today’s modern man, Leonardo DiCaprio, in “CockShutter Island II”, er, I mean, “Shutter Island”? Clearly lobotomy has its share of sex appeal, would you not agree?

    As for Sucker Punch, I too was left unimpressed. I was expecting more . . . male energy. Why is this story about a women when it could have just as easily been about a strong, handsome man, his muscles glistening with sweat as they struggle to free himself from the straps anchoring him to the operation table, all while under the lascivious gaze of his male wards. Oh! Hiring women has become more favorable these days in Hollywood. It’s as though being born with a penis doesn’t even give you special privileges anymore! Well, the times are changing, but I suppose if they must modern actresses should look to the greats of their sex for inspiration, like that radiant goddess of cinema, Katherine Hepburn. Her work was infallible, her beauty flawless. What I would do to go back to that era of glory and glamor!

    But that is a discussion for another day.

    Posted by Richard William Hardin Jr. | March 29, 2011, 3:07 pm

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