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Wow you guys did not get Sucker Punch at all. The punch was it was Sweet Pea’s fantasy we were seeing, which did have real world consequences as we saw with the death of Sweet Pea’s sister. Baby Doll was not crazy. In reality Baby Doll was not using her body, she was using her brains and strength of will to escape. Sweet Pea saw things differently, but then she was there for a reason. And not all the men were evil even in Sweet Pea’s fantasy- consider the Wise Man.
So like, if one of those ninja statues managed to hurt her really badly, she might blow the ping pong ball trick in real life and all the guys would laugh at her. Or if a dragon ate her, maybe that would be symbolic of the dildo on a cordless drill routine going horribly wrong somehow.
if it was sweet pea’s fantasy why did it focus on babydolls face on every transition between fantasy and reality…. in a film that is entirely based on visual storytelling?
‘wise man’ is not evil, but it kind of plays right into Mike and Jay’s point. the women need to be rescued from a brothel by a man…even though they have machine guns and sexy dances, thats still not enough, they need a guy to save them. that is kind of a classic idea that would drive a feminist up the wall with rage.
now im not saying thats what the movie is. but zack kind of ‘went there’ by calling his film female empowerment, so if he is going to say that its kind of unfair to not take criticism on the same kind of issues.
i mean, clearly she is using her body, thats the whole point of the dance sequences. but its not ‘clear’ what that means in the ‘real world’.
the difference between this and Inception and The Matrix and even The Wizard of Oz is that its never clear, exactly, the links between fantasy land and reality.
its like a $150,000,000 experimental art film. it has really really great pieces , great actors, amazing sfx, but its hard to see how they fit together into, you know, a story.
“if it was sweet pea’s fantasy why did it focus on babydolls face on every transition between fantasy and reality”- Purely to deliver the sucker punch to the audience.
“its like a $150,000,000 experimental art film. it has really really great pieces , great actors, amazing sfx, but its hard to see how they fit together into, you know, a story”- Good summary. It is definitely surrealist, and so like any dream-style artwork is never meant to make perfect sense. In addition, Sweat Pea was in the institution for a reason. Her view of reality is clearly distorted.
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