In Defense of Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch is not a bad movie. I mean, it’s not that bad. I think it’s a misunderstood film that will, years from now, be rehabilitated and reinterpreted – possibly becoming something of a minor classic, much like Dark City.

If you did not like Sucker Punch, that’s fine. Go in peace. We all like different things, and I’m sure we don’t agree on lots of stuff. However, in recent weeks, Sucker Punch has been subjected to some of the worst, most savage reviews of 2011 – critiques that have not been merely negative, but outright vicious rants. I saw one screed that blamed the decline of Western moviemaking on Sucker Punch! (I gave it a positive review, though.) Anyone who hasn’t seen it might be forgiven for assuming that the movie stars Mel Gibson and Bernie Madoff, and was directed by Moammar Gadhafi.

It was directed and co-written by Zack Snyder, who did the stylish 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, then adapted Frank Miller’s graphic novel 300, followed by an adoring translation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ beloved Watchmen comic-book series. It stars Emily Browning as Babydoll, Abbie Cornish (Sweet Pea), Jena Malone (Rocket), Jamie Chung (Amber), Vanessa Hudgens (Blondie), Carla Gugino (Madam Gorski) and Scott Glenn (The Wise Man).
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