I finally got around to watching Sucker Punch and my verdict is – I loved it. For those who haven’t seen it, the official synopsis is:
‘An epic action fantasy that takes us along into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary.’ http://suckerpunchmovie.warnerbros.com/
What grabbed my attention were the stunning posters at first. I was pretty much hooked at that stage. We follow Babydoll (main character) into various steam punk worlds where she kick’s the bad guys’ butts. These scenes are a parallel to her reality. The visual imagery is stunning and captivating. I don’t want to give anything away, so not going to say too much more, but go and watch it. Of course it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. As I walked out of the cinema a couple next to me seemed confused by it all. The trick is not to make too much reason of what’s happening, but enjoy the brilliant extravaganza. Oh and the music rocks. I’ll be hunting down the soundtrack.
Movies like Sucker Punch remind me that characters need to sizzle, and the underlying theme is their emotional state. In the movie, Babydoll has lost everyone closer to her, and had nothing to lose. She was filled with anger and remorse, and those things propelled her forward. In the end, she had an epiphany and the twist in her story was brought home. The ending surprised me, leaving that warm feeling in your chest, even if it wasn’t what I expected.
What movies have influenced your writing? Have you seen Sucker Punch? What did you think of it?