#89. Make an all girl blues/folk band, entitled ‘you’re not very pretty, and you’re not very bright’. Refuse to shorten name for more commercial means. Refuse to play shows where nobody dances and just stands around nodding. refuse sleep until Brooklyn.
I saw the midnight showing of Sucker Punch Thursday, and was completely blown away. The action, the soundtrack, the plot, and the general bad-assery that’s held up by an entirely female main cast. Then, I come home and get to see what the net’s saying:
"Sucker Punch is a loud, gaudy, fetishistic, bombastic piece of cinema," wrote Ain’t It Cool News contributor Ambush Bug. "It’s also hollow, remedial, and bereft of substance … as the minutes passed, bringing me closer to the time for the credits to roll, all I could think of was how wrong of a choice this director is for a Superman film."
“Unfortunately, despite a few visually-striking action sequences, Sucker Punch is a soulless film which comes across as little more than an excuse for Snyder to showcase a series of vivid fantasy worlds in rapid succession…given the movie’s emphasis on self-empowerment (as presented through dialogue and voice-over), it’s obvious that Snyder was aiming for more than just an action-packed popcorn flick – making it hard to ignore that, much like Babydoll, the filmmaker may have temporarily lost his footing in reality.” says Screenrants’s Ben Kendrick.
Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune said, “The film abdicates so many basic responsibilities of coherent storytelling, even coherent stupid-action-movie storytelling, director/co-writer/co-producer Zack Snyder must have known in preproduction that his greasy collection of near-rape fantasies and violent revenge scenarios disguised as a female-empowerment fairy tale wasn’t going to satisfy anyone but himself.”
Admittedly, Snyder’s “female-empowerment fairytale” stops short; the ending of the movie leaving an empty feeling to the overall plot, but do you know why?
“I had a very tame and mild love scene with Jon Hamm. It was like heavy breathing and making out. It was hardly a sex scene… I think that it’s great for this young girl to actually take control of her own sexuality. Well, the MPAA doesn’t like that. They don’t think a girl should ever be in control of her own sexuality because they’re from the Stone Age. I don’t know what the fuck is going on and I will openly criticize it, happily. So essentially, they got Zack to edit the scene and make it look less like she’s into it. And Zack said he edited it down to the point where it looked like he was taking advantage of her. That’s the only way he could get a PG-13 (rating) and he said, ‘I don’t want to send that message.’ So they cut the scene! I’m torn. I want an ‘R’ (rating) because we can get a lot of cool scenes into it, but then I like the idea of younger girls being able to see it.” said Emily Browning, on Sucker Punch censoring.
It’s because we live in a culture that sees rape as a better alternative than a woman taking control of her own body. In my opinion, the cut scene is the ultimate ending and the right ending that completes the message. This movie was filled to the brim with these young, beautiful girls kicking ass continuously despite their obstacles and vile oppressors. When did it become “fetishistic” for a woman to look sexy when she beats up the bad guys? Do you mean to say that looking good devalues a woman in some way? Is it wrong to be proud of a pretty girl that’s also tough as nails?
In fact, Snyder addresses the outfits himself, “I was asked, ‘Why did you put those girls in those provocative outfits?’ And I go, ‘I didn’t put them in them, you did.’ You the audience put them in those outfits and asked for that,” he said. “The audience in the brothel … are these men sitting in a dark room. The men sitting in the dark room in the broader sense are us sitting in the theater. That’s absolutely in the movie. The exploitative part of it is in the viewer, the viewer brings that.”
Anyone who thinks Sucker Punch is simply pandering to fanboys, I’d like them to point me to another action movie “fairytale” where five women are the damsels in distress; and also the knights in shining armor. I honestly don’t know how else to say, “Hey! Yes! I am a girl comic fanatic and this is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I want more action-oriented plots where girls kick ass like this! I want more stories like this!” Attention: this is how you market things to girls! Please no more shit like Marvel Divas.
For my last note, I hope that someday Sucker Punch will be developed into a comic because I’m sure you can guess who would be the first person applying for that job.
A big shout out to all the people, mostly women, who have said that anyone, especially women, who enjoys Sucker Punch is an awful, terrible person and that any woman who finds something empowering within the narrative needs…
here here. anyone who thinks sucker punch is simply pandering to fanboys, id like them to point me to a story where five women are the sole main characters that kick that much ass completely on their own. if lookin’ sexy while kicking ass is a bad thing to be proud of as a woman, then let me turn in my femininity card right away.
"Yes, a nihilist did just go bible on your ass."
What's a nihilist?
Its what I categorize my religious affiliation under. I’m a bit off the side near existential nihilists; I believe that life has no real meaning or purpose outside of what we-or society, as the case may be-personally establish as achievements, goals, or success. Thus, I see all religions sorta like nice little storybooks humanity created to make us feel better about having to rot in the ground at one point.
That being said, I still highly respect the charity and value religions give to people; I’m simply saying they’re not for me to believe in. Although it still steams me up when people bend things like the bible to hide behind (aka Fred Phelps).
That sucks about losing your scholarship for school -- best of luck!
Yeah i’m not going to lie, i was pretty angry about it at the time, but its given me more of a chance to concentrate on paying off my debts and getting some focus in my life. Also, ditto to you dear anon.
I had a very tame and mild love scene with Jon Hamm. It was like heavy breathing and making out. It was hardly a sex scene… I think that it’s great for this young girl to actually take control of her own sexuality. Well, the MPAA doesn’t like that. They don’t think a girl should ever be in control of her own sexuality because they’re from the Stone Age.
I don’t know what the fuck is going on and I will openly criticize it, happily. So essentially, they got Zack to edit the scene and make it look less like she’s into it. And Zack said he edited it down to the point where it looked like he was taking advantage of her. That’s the only way he could get a PG-13 (rating) and he said, ‘I don’t want to send that message.’ So they cut the scene!
I’m torn. I want an ‘R’ (rating) because we can get a lot of cool scenes into it, but then I like the idea of younger girls being able to see it.