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Review of Sucker Punch

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So, I recently went to watch Sucker Punch with my roommate yesterday and was both pleasantly surprised and equally frustrated by the movie. Moreover, I don’t know how many of you out there have seen it, but it was quite enjoyable for me. However, I can see why a lot of the critics out there panned this movie…yet, I offer my views on it so that other people will get a little insight into it.

*Spoiler Alert* from this point on.

First off, the movie stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, and others. The story revolves around Baby Doll (Browning) whose mother has died and stepfather is a pedophile (or at least that was my thought as he went after her sister). However, her sister gets killed, and Baby Doll gets put in a mental institution where she will be lobotomized in 5 days. In that time, we are entered into a world of a  brothel of dancers which is compounded into a fantastical world of mech soldiers, nazi zombies, dragons, and more (let’s just say that it’s every fanboy’s wet dream….nerdiness + hot chicks).


The Acting: I will say that the acting was okay for the most part…not great but decent. The best of the cast was Jena Malone and Abbie Cornish, playing sisters. Also, the idea that Sweat Pea’s (Cornish’s) story is actually the one telling the story is interesting.

The Music: Rethinking such rock hits as “Sweet Dreams,” “White Rabbit,” “I Want It All / We Will Rock You,” and contributing new songs, the music was pretty fantastic. “White Rabbit” as an orchestral arrangement is pretty phenomenal. Overall, good.

The Plot / Story: I liked the complexity of the story (i.e. the story within a story within a story within another story). However, I thought that there were parts that could have been made a little more clear and understandable. Honestly, I spent the majority of the movie wondering which of the “frame” narratives was the “real” world: either the brothel or the insane asylum. I thought that the times that were in the more fantastical world was interesting because of the interesting way that Zach Snyder weaves together the various aspects of the fantastical into an interesting way. Still, it was a bit predictable in some ways because I found myself thinking that some of the things were going to happen (I won’t bore people with details…in case they are wanting to watch the movie themselves).

So, overall, I would recommend a watch in the movie theater due to the fantastical nature of the visuals and the music. But go to a matinée to save a few bucks.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5 Coconuts

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