I know I’m a bit behind on the Sucker Punch bandwagon (or lack thereof, as the case may be), as it came out months and months ago and hit DVD a couple of weeks ago (or some such), but I honestly had to write a little something about it. Honestly, it feels like I’ve been saying all these points for the last few days to people, but it needs reiterating in a more public way.
When I first saw the previews for Sucker Punch, I wanted to be in love with it. I wanted to believe it would be an amazing film that would give me something to root for the entire thing and such of the like– but I decided that I would be disappointed. Usually with films such as Sucker Punch you go in it thinking ‘I wish this was going to be amazing, but I just know that they’re going to mess it up somehow and I’m going to be disappointed. It’s going to be poorly done fan-service, woot.‘
So for months, that’s what I thought. Waiting for the release of the film I was never going to be able to see when it was in the theaters, but then would have to again wait for it, the DVD release. I heard people say how terrible it was, I listened to people confirm my suspicions and basically cement the idea that I could never want to see a movie that looked like it’d be beautifully stunning because that’s all it’d be– I’d get bored and turn it off long before it finished.
But still! Still I decided to watch the DVD once it came out. I got excited at the prospect of finally laying it to rest, and possibly getting some character ideas out of the plethora of random, half-clothed women they’d traipse across my screen. I settled in one night after the internet went down, curled up with my laptop and watched the movie.
The opening sequence is one of the most disturbing and hard to follow I’ve ever seen, but it was pretty stunning– the entire thing had to have your rapt attention for you to follow the thread through to the point they were trying to make. I still didn’t get the part about her sister and the blood and it being her fault until later on. I thought the step father fucked her up and she just went crazy and tried to run away because of it– these are the kinds of things that end up flowing through my head when I’m expecting a movie to just be another traipse through the village of pantyshots.
When they had original mentioned the fact that she was in a mental hospital, I took it as a ploy for her to get abused and end up getting ‘hotly‘ abused as far as fetishists go, but honestly… that’s the part of the movie that made this amazing for me– Yeah, you heard me. I find it to be an amazing film . Perhaps it isn’t the best film ever, or even living up to the hype it was original given, but the movie managed to make itself into my ‘would watch again‘ list, and that’s saying something.
Beyond the stunning visuals and well-choreographed fight scenes, I really found myself wondering just how deep that story went. You have a delusion inside of a mental hospital meant to cover up the reality of where she was. She was no longer the girl who got brought in to get a lobotomy because her step father wanted to hide what he’d done to them– oh no, she was brought in to dance and be ‘sold’ to a ‘high roller’. She created a world where she didn’t have to live with the realisation that she was going to be lobotomised, and the reason that they were going to, as far as they were concerned, do that, was because she’d killed her sister. Something about that entire twist made me feel all gooey in my psychological parts. I loved that she created a world where she was being whored out, more or less, and it was the happy alternative to her reality.
Then, we have the fact that she slipped into further delusions every time she ‘danced’ and went through these long, drawn-out scenes with the other girls trying to acquire some form of thing she’d need to get out– a plan you assume she made herself inside of her twisted head (yes, she was twisted to a degree, not crazy, but at least far gone enough after the loss of her mother and sister to be a little twisted) to get out of the brothel, or whatever they were in at the time.
Trying not to give out too much of the plot in a review for me is like trying to restrain myself from squealing at good music– it’s nearly impossible but I am trying. There is so much to do with the girls, and the antagonist after the step father leaves (he’s just a minor antagonist in this), that has so much twisted depth that I’d love to be able to cover it, but I can’t, and it’s hard to tell you how much I liked it in so little words.
Seriously, I had no intentions of liking any of the characters, and I expected to be let down by the fight scenes, basically expecting purely mediocre scenes with the girls showing more leg than actual skill, but I was pleasantly surprised with their ability, and the way that it never turned into ‘This is just a reason to show my ass.’ Yes, they had skimpy costumes, but even those I felt were somewhat tasteful, considering the genre and overall feel of the movie– it could have been much worse.
The story that it got into enticed me more than I ever thought possible, and the underlying beauty of her creation of her own world, and the ‘twist‘ ending you get when she finally accomplishes her task is something entirely beautiful. Also, the bus drive at the end made me utterly happy in that ‘delusions can be based in reality‘ kind of way.
If I had to give it a rating, I’d honestly say likely a 4 of 5 for me. I realise that’s a bit high for something that doesn’t have as much to it as it should, but it blew away my poor expectations when it was so over-hyped so I believe its earned its rating from me.
Contribution by Saul Martin
My dad and I used to come up to this mountain house when I was a little boy and go fishing and hunting for a whole weekend at a time. IT’s one of my most cherished memories of our time together and I’m so glad the house is still in our family so I can use it with my daughter just like dad and I did. Of course, we had to make some improvements like installing basic plumbing and getting internet from www.SATELLITESTARINTERNET.com but now it’s in tip top shape and even my wife doesn’t mind staying for a long weekend! I’m much more used to the very basic amenities but they need a few more creature comforts to be comfortable. I love it here and it’s really peaceful to me and the thought of being able to leave this place to my kids one day just makes me so happy. I miss my dad but I really feel closer to him when I’m up here in the woods!
I’ve decided, after watching a movie last night I hadn’t watched in years and years, that I’d make a few top couples lists, based on a few criteria, and varying in number– this one will be based on the film being animated, but will not include Anime as that would make the subject far too big and far too hard to boil down to a nice Top List.
This can span from years and years ago, to recent animation, to stuff in between– whether Disney or not, CG or traditional, we’ll see how this list goes and see if anyone agrees with me, no? And soon to come in this series will be Anime, Game, and Television.
I know it seems a bit odd to start off with something so relatively new (even though the first film came out ages ago), but I honestly just can’t get over how awesome it is to see two Ogres in love and stuff– and how long it took Shrek to realise he’s a retard and his family is his adventure and all that. Honestly, I found it awkward that Fiona was so worried that Shrek would see she was an Ogre in the first film, like he’d find her unattractive because suddenly she looked like him. Yes, I realise the original premise was she didn’t want him to know she was an ogre so her new ‘husband’ wouldn’t find out, but honestly, you think she’d have been happy to have someone to share that with. All in all, the couple that almost wasn’t will always have a place in my heart.
Let me clarify this one by saying I do mean The Beast and not Prince what’s his name– I didn’t like him once he went all weird looking pretty boy (seriously, who finds that animated face attractive?) but was for some reason immensely attracted to his slowly developing concerned beast form. I think they, for better or worse, made a decent couple… well, if you overlook the whole part where he held her father prisoner and how the story was in no way like the original it was based on– regardless, I found them oddly endearing, especially the scene with the snowball fight. I don’t know what it is, but I like my men rough around the edges and sometimes a little hairy.
I know, I know, it seems silly to put this on here considering the entire basis of the relationship was based on her being one of the first girls he ever really saw and her being the feminazi type of woman who tried to push him away and then betrayed him by working for his sworn enemy to bring him down– but hey, I’m a sucker for happy endings, and in the end that’s what they got. Meg may have started out all ‘I don’t need no man to keep me going’, but she did fall in love with him through trial and error and seeing how good his heart was, and even though his love seemed shallow at least he proved it by giving up godhood for her. Granted, the basis for this is completely different from what we’re shown, but not everyone can be totally historically factual, right?
The Little Mermaid was one of my favourite movies as a little girl– I used to pretend to be Ariel while swimming in the pool and sing to myself, and so of course I had a crush on Eric even though he wasn’t exactly my dream boat– there was just something about him being my prince in shining armour that worked so well for me. It’s something about the way he fell for her even without the allure of her voice that makes things so appealing, and of course if you ignore the hit and miss accuracy from the original story, you find a rather lovely story all wrapped up in it to go along with their love. I don’t know, maybe it’s a childhood love I just can’t give up on.
Robin and Maid Marian, oh sheesh, how do I even begin to start in on this one? I had an unhealthy love for that Fox growing up– I wanted a boy just like him; brave, daring, a little naughty, and utterly wrapped up with a delicious accent. My tastes have changed over the years as a whole, but a part of me is always going to be in love with the idea of my own Foxy Robin– it helps that his choice in woman is subtle in her power and grace, and never goes over the top with her need for rescuing. She has a way of taking care of herself, and I respect that, but everyone loves to be the damsel every now and again and Maid Marian is allowed that privilege with Robin every now and again, and it turns into one of those love stories I just want to see played out over and over again.
This is the movie that started this post, to be honest. It’s the entire reason I decided I’d start doing this kind of thing again– I watched Anastasia and fell in love with Dimitri and Anastasia again. I just… I don’t know why I love it. It starts off awkward and grows into something real over time instead of the instant girl meets prince and falls madly in love within seconds type of deal. It’s intricate to the plot but not so overpowering that you wish it would just get out of the way and let the story take place. I love that kind of shit, and it’s obviously because it’s not a Disney production… I’m not bashing on Disney as a whole, a lot of the films on this list are Disney, but in the end it tends to be damsel in distress gets rescued and girl falls madly in love within an instant because he’s such a handsome guy– yet the ones I’ve chosen (with the exception of Ariel and Eric) seem to develop for other reasons. I suppose that speaks of my tastes as well as anything, and Dimitri and Anastasia are a perfect representation of that.
So there we have it, a peek into my mind and the way I fawn all over my beautiful couples– I plan to do more lists like this in the future, hopefully some about anime couples and other such things. People seem to enjoy reading those more than the other, yo.