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Like Charlie’s Angels on ketamine. Fanciful and surreal. Beautifully aggressive. Movie of the future. All just a few thoughts I had whilst watching quite possibly the most exciting and indulgent film I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. The production was unbelievably extravagant. I’m sure the art department must have felt all their Christmas came at once.
The soundtrack at times was crude, by which I mean it was excessively aggressive. Although it worked flawlessly within the context of the plot and emotional content. Remixes of already great tracks such as Army Of Me by Bjork and Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics were bought into a whole new dimension with appropriate styling. Created by Tyler Bates (Watchmen) and Marius De Vries (Moulin Rouge) you can hear their influence unto the overall perception an audience has when watching this film. The way music carries transitions, and is a key plot element, are traits we’ve heard before with Tyler Bates when working with Director Zack Snyder on his other pictures like Watchmen.
Although this film received not-so-great critical reception I think it is very much deserving of a place in cinema history for its forthright approach to film-making that pushes it well beyond what we have been led to acknowledge as cinema before. It has been critically compared to gaming, though with todays games becoming more like films I wonder if such a comparison can be deemed as bad as critics want. Perhaps movie critics these days are out of touch. There comes a point when cinema has to move on and I believe Sucker Punch is just a bit ahead of its time.
To summarise, I love it. The film is perfect in audio and visual indulgence, the acting is perfectly acceptable and I didn’t even care to notice Vanessa Hudgens breaking free from here HSM days. Emily Browning was twisted and fanciful in her leading role as Baby Doll, and I cannot wait to see her in Sleeping Beauty later this year.