Friday, March 25, 2011

Sucker Punch

Holy crap! Sucker Punch was absolutely phenomenal. Awesome, awesome movie. Surpassed my every expectation, and then some. Zack Snyder, you, sir, have completely outdone yourself this time.

The movie is played through the perspective of different characters, who each see the world in a different light. Everything about the way they view the world changes once we're in their perspective, such as the way people talk and dress. It's a neat way of telling this story about a bunch of over-imaginative girls stuck in a loony bin as they try desperately to find a way to escape. And when all is said and done, everything wraps up nice and tightly for an extremely satisfying conclusion.

For anybody that has an imagination with a tendency to run wild, you will definitely appreciate what this movie has in store for you. I find the film's theme of escaping through fantasy to be very relatable. The imagery is like something pulled straight out of my own head. This is Snyder's first non-adapted work, and he uses all of the techniques he's learned and mastered over his film making career thus far, combining them together to make his masterpiece. So, if you're not a fan of Snyder's style, then you probably won't like this one too much. However, if like me you enjoyed his previous works, such as 300 and Watchmen, then this movie was made just for you.

One of the big complaints about Snyder's style is his over-use of slow motion. And yes, there are a few scenes of slow motion, including one entire action scene shot entirely in slow-mo. But unlike some films, such as last year's Resident Evil: Afterlife, where the over-use leaves you bored and rolling your eyes, Snyder manages to keep things intense and engaging all throughout these scenes.

It's not just the visuals, but the musical cues as well. Many scenes feel like you're watching a music video. The various re-worked classic tracks are beautifully performed, and add so much to the action on the screen.

I loved pretty much everything about this movie. It's brilliant, the visuals are out of this world, the accompanying music is outstanding, and the ladies are jaw droppingly gorgeous. And lets face it, who doesn't love watching a bunch of beautiful women kicking all kinds of ass?

I don't hand out numerical scores too often these days, but I'd have no problems giving this film an easy 10/10. This is one of the best movies I've seen in some time, by a director who's quickly rising up the ranks among my absolute favorites of recent times.

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