- Sucker punch
- April 24th, 2011
When I first saw a trailer, way back in December, I was so excited about this movie. As the reviews came out quite negatively, I lowered my expectations quite a bit. But even that didn't prepare me for the disaster that was Sucker Punch.
The storyline itself is actually not that bad. I mean, it wasn't anything ground-breaking, but it was a decent enough to carry a movie. The whole "fantasy vs reality" theme, though overdone in recent times, was still quite appealing to me. But my gosh, the whole movie was just so poorly executed. The camerawork and the editing in the non-fantasy bits were just... I don't know the right word for it, but there was something lacking. Those scenes are always so staticc. The camera hardly ever moves in those scenes, and the shots are never layered. it's so one-dimensional. Like when there's two people talking, the scene just cuts back and forth between two waist up shots. it's so... basic. It's like something I'd expect to see in a youtube production, not a multi-million dollar movie. Or they could be doing it as a contrast to the crazy swirling shots in the fantasy sequences... in which case... I don't know, it was still kind of bad.
The characters were terrible. Out of the five "main characters", only one had a discernible personality - Rocket. Sweetpea was just basically an extension of Rocket. Blondie and Amber had no personality. They were just there to fill up space. Blondie, from wikipedia, was suppose to be the "street-smart" one and there was no evidence of that in the film. Maybe this is a time constraint issue, because she was literally in 3 scenes that wasn't a fight scene. There was just no room for any character development. Most disappointing of all was Babydoll. I quite like Emily Browning because I liked her in Lemony Snicket's, and I was expecting something, anything, from her. But her character was just so dull and one-dimensional. Even though she's the main character, she also had no personality, she was just like a heroine-on-autopilot. She goes through all the motions of being the heroine of the film, but there's no life in that role. It could've been anyone. It's like, everyone in that film was just a plot-device to get to those fight scenes.
Now for the weird and not so wonderful bits. The film keeps on mentioning how Babydoll is suppose to be this great dancer, but there was not one scene where we actually see her dancing. You sort of see her sway a bit before they cut to the fight scenes. While this is all very well as she's suppose to retreat to her fantasy world every time she dances, if you're going to make such a big deal out of it THROUGHOUT the WHOLE film, there needs to be some sort of evidence to back it up. Also, how does that Blue guy fit into the whole thing in "reality"? why was he suppose to be so powerful when he's just an orderly? Who was that mystical white guy (who was dressed like an Asian person, residing in a Asian temple with Asian writing... I might add) who's also the bus driver? This whole movie is just so strange.
Honestly, I think this movie had potential, but they were too ambitious, and probably too preoccupied with the whole girls in skimpy outfits fighting thing to actually make anything substantial of it.
I also started watching Community yesterday and it is soooo funny! It's really quite smart the way the show is done. I already love it! Also am going to watch Game of Thrones now! So excited! but so anxious...