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And I got the same loving on an audio standpoint as Snyder tagged his yowzer imagery to a slew of engaging rock songs with the update of Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by no other than lead chica Emily Browning and the redo of White Rabbit by Emiliana Torrini affecting me the most (you bet I already own the soundtrack). Man I love it when a movie uses imagery and sound first to tell a story! The overall result was a high octane concoction of music video, anime, steam punk and video game aesthetics that has to be seen to be believed. I know, I know, all Iâm raving about is the style, well Iâm a style whore and when its executed at this level of excellence, I get a cinematic boner. Just how I roll. Acting wise, Snyder should get his casting agent some "love you long time" lap dances for a job well done! Not only did the whole female cast ooze of sheer sexiness (them skimpy outfits sure helped) but they also sold me as gun taunting, ass kickers and aced their performances, elevating the little they had to play with on paper to an echelon that made way for gals I cared about. Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish and Carla Gugino were definitely my favorites of the side characters! Kudos ladies!
The male cast didn't slum it either; Scott Glen (doing his best David Carradine impression) and Oscar Isaac (who so nailed his villainous role) were memorable to say the least. With that, this was Emily Browningâs show through and through. Word has it that Amanda Seyfried was initially the first choice for the role and I am so glad that didnât go down. Browning was entrancing as the main protagonist. Her soulful and expressive eyes spoke volumes and Snyder shot the shit out of her gorgeous and perfectly proportioned angelic features. I dare you not to fall in love with Browning in this film, I double dare ya! As for the story; Iâll be honest, either this flick was too smart for its own good , or I was too dumb to be able to grasp its inner workings 100%. My bro and I talked about the picture at length afterward (that ending gave us lots to yap about) over some beers and I think we have it figured out now and I wouldn't mind seeing the movie again with this new knowledge in my back-pack. Thou shall be done!
But that didn't change the fact that on this first watch, it felt like chunks were missing from the narrative, hence influencing the flow of its progression. Upon further research; I found out that musical numbers were shot for the movie. All five of its key female characters had their own sing/dance bits and there was also a big group number shot for the finale. All of those were snipped out of this final cut; so that might have something to do with the somewhat âincomplete vibeâ of it all. Another peeve I had was the voice-overs which doubled down on the deep and existential drivel...alas...I didn't grasp half of what that was all about. Lastly the happenings started getting a bit redundant by the time the last action sequence kicked in (we get it, she dances, we go in dream world, rinse and repeat, give me more). No biggie, but it needed to be spat, spat it was.
As the end credits rolled though; I was a happy camper! I had a blast with SUCKER PUNCH and once I got home, the experience still lingered in my noggin. This was definitely a love it or hate it affair; a cinematic experience that will polarize people and then some. If I go by my gut, it maybe wonât make that much dough (damn I hope I am wrong), but in time it will become a Cult Classic. Thank you Mr. Snyder for the imagination laced audio/visual treat that was Sucker Punch! You're the f*cking man! Bring on SUPERMAN MAN OF STEEL!