26 March 2011 @ 11:34 pm
Review: SuckerPunch  
Hey. Hey internet. Guess what I saw today. Go ahead, guess.

I will wait for you.

Yeah.

That's right.



Baby let's talk SUCKERPUNCH. I will attempt to make this as nonspoilery as possible, though I cannot vouch for the comments and humbly request if anyone has anything spoilery to add plz be whitetexting it? ♥

First off what I didn't like about it, to get it out of the way: The movie has about as much exploitation as you'd expect. Seriously, just look at the costumes. The film does put a lampshade hanging on it with the characters mentioning shallow exploitative shit so at least it's self aware in that aspect. I can forgive a lot of faults in a story that acknowledges he faults are there.

That aside.

There is actually a lot less over-the-top oooohhhsexytimes moments. You are lead to believe they happen off-screen, but instead the movie cuts to GIRLS FIGHTING GIANT MECHANIZED SAMURAI or DRAGONS or ZOMBIE ROBOT NAZIS (none of these are hyperbole. They actually exist. However awesome you are imagining it, I promise you, you are not imagining awesome enough). This movie has to be the most lesbiansubtexttastic films I have seen in a while as well - there is no handsome young male lead to play love interest like most chick team action flicks. The only men in the movie are either total scumbags or not worth note. At the same time, the movie doesn't attempt to beat you over the head with the lesbian subtext. There is no ooohhhhsexytimes we're totally gonna make out cue Katy Perry (there is a brief Queen musical interlude, however). The most physical contact the girls have outside of WE'RE BATTLING TOGETHER WOO is they hug each other. It is girls (in, yes, skimpy outfits but no more so than roller derby really) bonding and fighting alongside each other. God, I ship all of the things. But especially Babydoll/Sweet Pea.

While Babydoll (Emily Browning, in the center there) is not a 100% silent protagonist, she manages to drive the story with very little speaking lines. I'm fairly certain she doesn't say a word within the first fifteen minutes. Those first fifteen minutes also manage to jam-pack an hour or more of buildup with a very artistic, very FUCKING CREEPY musical montage to (what I believe is a cover of) Annie Lennox's Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). It goes up there in the prestigious spots of one of my favorite movie openings of all time, along with X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Watchmen. Which makes sense, as Zach Snyder did Watchmen as well.

Also I have a love of Surreal Fucking Bullshit. Seriously, if you weren't aware of it, I have an unhealthy love of this. I love crazyass dream sequences especially. I want my movies to double as ART.

SuckerPunch FUCKING DELIVERS. I suspect Inception was supposed to get three crates worth of Surreal Bullshittery but instead two of the crates got lost in shipping and one arrived half-empty and they just managed to stretch it really far. Those two and a half missing crates of Surreal Bullshittery arrived at SuckerPunch by mistake and instead of forwarding them to the correct address SuckerPunch shrugged and decided to not question its good fortune and overload their movie with an overabundance of SURREAL BULLSHITTERY and I FUCKING LOVE EVERY SECOND OF IT.

Now admittedly I know I have a problem with most of my media that I love in that I tend to see a deeper story that was never intended. I let my love of metaphor get away from me and I make it into something greater than it was, and I do fear that may be the case of SuckerPunch. It's entirely possible I was not watching the same movie as everyone else, but I don't care, because the movie I watched was nothing short of beautiful.
 
 
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Morinon: Serious Sciencemorinon on March 27th, 2011 07:39 am (UTC)
I fully agree with you on all points.

I was expecting surreal art, and a decent plot would be a nice bonus. This is pretty much what I got.
the Antisocial Little Ice Queen: Wizard of Oz: They sparklevaultedthewall on March 27th, 2011 08:03 am (UTC)
Fuck yes

I was expecting the movie to have good CGI and baaaasically nothing else. So it was a pleasant surprise.
❜la peur grecs des cadeaux. ⚜ .ǝıoɹʇ ǝp ןɐʌǝɥɔ ǝן❛: [sp!;] we don't wear your flag bitch!chevaldetroie on March 27th, 2011 08:35 am (UTC)
NGL, I loved how girl!power this movie was. SO MUCH. I don't want to come across as one of those "every male is a scumbag" people, but it was really nice to not have some distracting, annoying romantic subplot, or some male sidekick jumping in to steal all the limelight.
the Antisocial Little Ice Queen: SP: Take your freedomvaultedthewall on March 27th, 2011 09:04 am (UTC)
EXACTLY. The Wiseman (KYROTATE - HE WAS TOTALLY A KYRIOTATE. They're an angel from In Nomine. AND HE TOTALLY WAS ONE) waaaaas basically the closest thing to a 'dude assisting', and he was obviously NOT A LOVE INTEREST OF ANY KIND.
❜la peur grecs des cadeaux. ⚜ .ǝıoɹʇ ǝp ןɐʌǝɥɔ ǝן❛: [sp!;] bend like the bad girls bend.chevaldetroie on March 27th, 2011 09:05 am (UTC)
THANK FUCKING GOD. It seems like every time you have a badass female hero anymore, there's always the hetero-love interest to distract her from being badass, and it somehow turns into the love-interest's badassery.

THANK YOU, ZACK SNYDER, FOR MAKING THIS LIKE THE BACKWARD-300.
the Antisocial Little Ice Queen: SP: Gonna be a fuckin GIRL FIGHTvaultedthewall on March 27th, 2011 09:06 am (UTC)
OH MY GOD IT FUCKING IS.

Except less skimpy clothing.

Edited at 2011-03-27 09:07 am (UTC)
❜la peur grecs des cadeaux. ⚜ .ǝıoɹʇ ǝp ןɐʌǝɥɔ ǝן❛: [sp!;] burn motherfucker burn!chevaldetroie on March 27th, 2011 09:08 am (UTC)
It's just skimpy of a different kind.

...Thankfully. I mean, nothing against nudity, but it would have killed the whole mood.
the Antisocial Little Ice Queen: SP: Live by the gun and swordvaultedthewall on March 27th, 2011 09:10 am (UTC)
Extra gratuitous cursing or not, if there's an R-Rated or Unrated version of it that comes out on DVD FUCK. THAT. NOISE. I don't want a fucking naked boob shot or 'girls making out to get guys off' moment, that will destroy all that I love about this and I just don't want to take that risk.
❜la peur grecs des cadeaux. ⚜ .ǝıoɹʇ ǝp ןɐʌǝɥɔ ǝן❛: [sp!;] cool guys don't look at explosionchevaldetroie on March 27th, 2011 09:13 am (UTC)
Well, on the PLUS side, they might have one that comes with both so we can ignore it. BUUUUUUUUT, at least the film kept pushing the whole "we're not doing this to get you off, we're telling you to FUCK off," and we're not dealing with Tarantino and Rodriguez adding gratuitous scenes into Grindhouse, so it should be okay?

I figure the most they'll do in that department is to include deleted scenes or something, which are very easily skippable.
Dreaming Raindreamingrain on March 27th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
Remember, don't write a cheque with your hand that you can't cash with your ass
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