Escape to the Movies: "Sucker Punch"

Intermission is about dream movies.

59 thoughts on “Escape to the Movies: "Sucker Punch"

  1. J_Tracey says:

    @ Simon:

    I'm sorry you don't like Scott Pilgrim, but that movie is freaking amazing. A movie about young adult relationships hidden underneath a spectacle of visuals and brilliant fight choreography is an easy win in my book. I've told people who didn't like it the first time to watch it again, and each time they have tried it a second time, the liked it infinitely better. Give it another chance because it seems like it's a two viewing movie.

    On subject, yeah I hated Sucker Punch. And although I did get the feeling the movie was trying to go with the “Female empowerment fantasy” route, it didn't work because the characters were too flat and dull and were brought down even more because the script was covered in the worst kind of dialogue: Trailer Dialogue. Every line was designed for the trailer and it get's extremely irritating to here all these cheesy lines spouted out by people who can't act. That's the one thing that holds back Snyder from being a truly great director. He has a problem directing actors and their performances. He needs some work in that department.


  2. Truesight says:

    Just watched the review. Last straw for me, deleting Moviebob from my bookmarks. I have seen too many bad movies because you lauded them to the skies. I come here looking for honest movie reviews; blowing my money on crap movies because it champions geek culture is intolerable. You cannot account for taste I guess.

    All the best.


  3. Sarge says:

    I gotta say, it was nowhere near as terrible as I expected. Some sequences, especially the Dragon part, were actually quite enjoyable.

    As a film, though, it's vapid and derivative, and as a movie it's “pretty” in the same way Megan Fox is “pretty.”

    After watching it, there's nothing to say, nothing to talk about, nothing to remember aside from the cinematography, which is (as to be expected) quite good.

    But visionary? Fuck off.


  4. CrunchyEmpanada says:

    @Chris Cesarano

    The movie told me there was a message, sure. But the movie didn't back that message up. They might as well had the message “Don't burn the candle at both ends” and it would have made the same amount of sense.

    And at least for me, this movie is shit because it does hardly anything right, and the things it doesn't do right just aren't “not right” they are “really bad.” The things I think this movie did right can be summed up in about 5 minutes of footage. Out of 2 hours.


  5. Sharon says:

    I honestly have no idea what everyone's so upset about. I thought it was a fun silly B movie, granted the decision to make it pG13 is probably why everyone's so upset, but I enjoyed it, thank you for recommending it.

    I think everyone's just taking it too seriously. I'm sorry you're getting so much crap for this, even ebert liked some movies I didn't. Hang in there.


  6. Popcorn Dave says:

    Sharon, there's nothing wrong with him liking it, but he didn't say it was a fun filly B movie, he tried to pass it off as a profound work of “game-changing artistry”, which is just laughable. We're annoyed because Bob rightly calls out the shameless pandering to fratboys in Transformers or the shameless pandering to teenage girls in Twilight, but when a film shamelessly panders to HIM, it's not only A-OK but he actually acts like it's some genre-defying masterwork that's just too intellectual and challenging for everyone else.

    No-one here even mentioned the PG13 rating, where did you get that from?


  7. Eddie says:

    I saw Sucker Punch having been primed by nothing more than the trailer and a single positive review (by Howard Tayler, go look it up if you're interested).

    I freaking loved it.

    Afterwards, I went seeking validation from the Internet (as one does) and found myself among the roughly 20% of the universe that didn't hate it like a skin disease. Wow. Now *that* was a sucker punch.

    Bob's was one of the very few positive reviews I found, and one of the best (I also thought Betsy Sharkey's review in the LA Times was insightful, other than the very last line). Bob, I had't heard of you before today, but between the way you describe Sucker Punch – perfectly jibing with my own view, and not just in the “he likes it too” way – and what I've seen from skimming the rest of your videos just now, you've officially become my go-to movie guy.

    Keep it up.


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