Sucker Punch

sucker-punch-poster Director: Zack Snyder
Writer: Zack Snyder/Steve Shibuya
Producers: Deborah Snyder/Zack Snyder
Starring: Emily Browning/Abbie Cornish/Jena Malone/Vanessa Hudgens/Jamie Chung/Oscar Issac/Jon Hamm
Year: 2011
Country: USA
BBFC Certification: 12a
Duration: 120 minutes

Sucker Punch is simply one of those movies that will not please everybody because everybody seems to expect something fantastic to come from this. If you go to see Sucker Punch expecting something brilliant or expecting to take away something brilliant, then you will be sorely disappointed. However, if you walk into Sucker Punch with hardly any expectations but to have fun, then you will see what Sucker Punch has to offer. Don’t expect much but do expect to have a good time letting go of your mind and watching someone else’s imagination on screen. A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility. Sucker Punch’s story is not it’s strong point but this isn’t to say that the story isn’t good. It’s decently-written, well thought of, it’s entertaining and it really captures the imagination. The story is entertaining throughout the majority of the movie but the story had taken a backseat for the fantastic, stylish fantasy sequences from the characters. The movie is particularly harsh (maybe a bit too harsh considering this is supposed to be a 12A movie) on the depiction of males but this would be because of the girls’ history with the men in their lives. The characters in Sucker Punch are probably the worst thing about this movie. In saying this, there’s nothing wrong with the creation of the characters themselves but there was quite a big problem as far as the character development goes. We got to know quite a bit about Baby Doll, Sweet Pea and Rocket but we didn’t know enough about Blondie or Amber.

The girls were great as the heroines of the movie but it’s a shame that Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung didn’t play a bigger part in the movie. They were one of the main characters in the movie and we didn’t really see or know a lot of them. Oscar Issac was also great as his character, Blue Jones, who plays the main villain in the movie but again, we didn’t really see why he was so bad. Sucker Punch has some good writing where the story is concerned but not so much with the characters. There were also some plot holes but that isn’t really a big deal considering you get taken into this dark, imaginary world that could quite possibly put Tim Burton to shame in some respects. Overall, it’s visually stylish and nice to the eye and the story is quite entertaining. This could have been a little bit better if the attention wasn’t paid mostly on it’s style and action scenes and a bit more on the story. Even so, it’s a brilliant popcorn flick that has great detail and vivid imagination that you could watch again.

The thing about Sucker Punch is that it requires you to take the movie as it is and yet you still have to pay attention to the finer details of the movie. There will be a couple of jokes and references or factors in the story you’ll miss or will fly over your head, such as the nod to Annie Lennox whilst Sweet Dreams is playing in the background. Don’t be fooled, Sucker Punch is a great movie which is mindless fun entertainment but at the same time, it’s not the best movie even if it can actually be a little thoughtful. The soundtrack is fantastic as well. I’d recommend this to those who would be interested to see what would happen if you mixed Inception, Kill Bill, Alice in Wonderland and DOA: Dead or Alive.

7/10

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