The Littlest Soapbox

July 31, 2010

Whether This Film Will Have Any ACTUAL Merit Is Open To Discussion

Filed under: Film — mikecgannon @ 1:20 PM

Sucker Punch, that is. From the trailer, and from what I have heard of the plot*, it seems likely that the story line is little better than an flimsy excuse to let Zack Snyder and his team of stunt coordinators, fight choreographers, and CGI animators have lots and lots of fun.

Not that there’s anything NECESSARILY WRONG with that. This is Zack Snyder we’re talking about. You remember Zack Snyder, don’t you?

Of course you do.

Still, this whole “violence lolita” fad that’s all the rage right now (and yes, I did just coin that label) is starting to get a little unsavory. While I’ve never been a big fan of the Tarantino-style “chick with sword and guns” action flicks, I don’t think they’re much worse than a lot of what gets produced these days. However, when you start replacing the adult female stars of those films with teenage girls, then things get…creepy. I’m looking at you, Kick-Ass.

Societal implications aside, Sucker Punch comes out March 2011.

*Basically, Dakota Fanning plays a teenage girl whose evil stepfather unjustly sends her to an insane asylum, where she and a group of actually crazy teenage girls use their imaginations to escape the reality of their rather bleak, Dickensian existence. I imagine it was pitched as “The Matrix meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest“, though probably not with a straight face.

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