directed by Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder has been the Wizard of Hollywood since his muscled up action flick slash comic adaptation 300 knocked everyone’s socks off (somehow everyone seemed to forget that Robert Rodriguez did it better with Sin City) in 2006. I wasn’t sold, and after his inflated mess that was Watchmen, I knew the jig was up for Mr. S. The rest of the world seemed ready for more, but Snyder’s newest crapfest, aptly titled Sucker Punch, is exactly that: a cheap shot disguised as an actual film. Now that Snyder has attempted to stand on his own, shallow feet, it brings into sharp focus the fact that not only does Snyder not get some of the material he has adapted in the past, but he isn’t particularly mature when it comes to how he views men and women. Aside from Sucker Punch playing out like a frenetic commercial for five different video games mashed into one barely cohesive story (I’m using the word cohesive loosely, by the way), the segments that actually involve dialogue (again, I’m using the word dialogue as loosely as I just used the word cohesive) are reduced to not much more than a series of fetish sequences for geeks to slobber over. For shame, Mr. S. I hope that this film is your Toto, pulling down the curtain of smoke and mirrors you have conjured to trick people into thinking you are a visionary when you are nothing more than a modern Russ Meyer with gluttonous budgets at your disposal. When you cough up cash to see this crap, take a look around at your co-audience and see who’s lining up to take in Snyder’s genius. Maybe then you’ll see what I mean (hint, hint, I’m insinuating that you, the audience are the actual suckers. Get it?)
Note: Perhaps I am reading waaay too much into this, and perhaps I am giving Snyder too much credit, the way I feel that I do for Harmony Korine (Kids, Trash Humpers). But perhaps the true sucker punch of the film is the film itself, and Snyder is back in his castle, laughing at how stupid we can be to throng to films like this. Somehow, I fear that is wishful thinking, and probably truer to reality is that Snyder actually thought he was making an important film. A shame, that.