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.
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.
- Sucker Punch Let’s Audiences Eat Fruit Cake (slant.com)
- Girls on Film: Faux Feminism in Sucker Punch (cinematical.com)
- Senseless Sucker Punch Confounds (thecrimson.com)
- Disney Punch Mash Up (cinematical.com)