Mar 27, 2011

Life Imitates Art- Sucker Punch

10:41 AM

With Zack Snyder's first step into live action film-making from his last two comicbook adaptations (Frank Miller's 300 and Alan Moore/Dave Gibbon's Watchmen)-- he proves in Sucker Punch that there is a place on the big-screen for his videogame/music-video/anime mashup of a flick.

Snyder's stylistic imprint is prevalent in this original story (Moulin Rouge meets The Matrix) that follows Babydoll (Emily Browning) and four other asylum inmates in their prison break that takes them through shifts in reality ala Inception, but being that each world is so visually distinct (psych ward/brothel/fantasy) you don't get lost or confused on what is really happening.

Snyder brilliantly plays on every fanboy denomination out there-- whether you are from the school of demon samurai, steampunk WWII-garbed zombies, fantasy-world of orcs and dragons or just the more techno-futuristic robot-- you get all of em wrapped into Babydoll's dreamworlds.  Where all of the epileptic action and innovative blue-screen magic was breathtaking, out-of-this-planet entertainment, sadly the drama and more intimate acting sequences were painful to highly excruciating to sit through.   

Vanessa Hudgens as Blondie, who I believe is the biggest name of the cast-- sucked the most, to the point where SPOILER ALERT...she ends up getting blasted..and the sold-out IMAX theater audience APPLAUDED.  I felt bad for like a second.

Thankfully there is some substance in performances by Aussie-imports Abbie Cornish (Sweet Pea)- wasn't used nearly enough in the script and the fledgling star Browning-- who blew me away in her haunting vocals of classic re-imaginings from The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams," The Smiths' "Asleep," and The Pixie's "Where Is My Mind."  Actually, after listening over and over to the soundtrack I think that Snyder could pull a movie to music cross-over in the same way Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze went from music to film.  That's a complement to his sense of style period.

Really tough to draw comparisons to his earlier works that again lauded comicbook source material that were immensely successful along with stronger casts that had superior acting chops to sell the story.   But I was really blown away that Sucker Punch walked away this weekend with only $19 mil, where 300 and Watchmen finished with $71 and $50 mil respectively.  Whoa.

I just caught wind of these sick animated shorts that give us teasers and a backdrop for the main "bosses" that Babydoll faces. Check it!

And if you prefer waiting on this flick till DVD, Snyder indicated that there will be a Director's cut that should include some of the "dancing" that was obviously cut out to keep it PG-13. 

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