Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sucker Punch

At Sexy Trash, we have a tendency to over-excite ourselves for upcoming movies, television episodes and album releases... so much so, that when the movie premieres or the album drops, we're often left underwhelmed and end up forcing ourselves to enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to.

We've been waiting for Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch to come out for what seems like eternity, and while we didn't snoop the web for spoilers or leaked footage (The Roommate, we're looking at you...), our stomachs did flip every time we had to cross a new day off the calendar... because we knew March 25 was quickly approaching and that we were one day closer to the premiere of this movie.

With that said - we can assure you that none of the excitement being poured into this review is forced. And we know for a fact that we enjoy it as much as (if not more than) everyone else.

We are not ones for being bored - and to be honest, we may have ADD. If you don't hook us from the start, we're over it. Sucker Punch has THE BEST opening scene we've EVER seen. With five minutes of hardly any dialogue, we're thrown into a heart-breaking scene that is as beautiful as it is sickening. Add a haunting cover of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" by the film's lead actress, Emily Browning, and you have yourself a pre-credit sequence we will never forget.

The movie follows Baby Doll (Browning), who is thrown into an institution by her step-father. To escape the realities of the asylum and her upcoming lobotomy, she imagines herself in a brothel as she waits for "The High Roller" to come for her. She and her new found brothel/institution friends plan an escape, even though every girl that's ever tried to escape has ended up dead. But, as Rocket (Jenna Malone) says, "We're already dead." The girls are forced to dance for the owner, Blue (Oscar Isaac, who we've never seen before but is very sexy in a Dirty Jerz' creeper kind of way...). When Baby Doll dances, however, she imagines herself as a trained fighter - fighting everything from Samurai giants to Nazi zombies to pissed-off dragon mothers.

The leaping around from reality to reality may seem like a lot, but if you throw yourself into the movie and just let it pull you along for the ride, it's really not. Sucker Punch manages to be fun, heart-breaking, shocking, and sexy while not making you work for it.

While we've never seen Emily Browning in anything, (and after viewing her resume, we don't think we'll go back and watch any of her previous work), she won us over. Hard. In a role originally offered to Amanda Seyfried, we can definitely see the similarities, and hopefully, Hollywood will, too. If Browning keeps doing films like this, we will gladly follow her career.

We're not going to lie and say we're not Vanessa Hudgens fans. We've loved her since High School Musical. But although fans, we aren't brain-dead and we do realize that talent isn't necessarily pouring out of her veins, either. However, as Blondie, she really wow'ed us. True - while, at certain points (a crying scene, in particular), it seems like some acting lessons would do her good, for the majority of the film we were taken back by the sexy, ass-kicking young woman she has become. (And we love anything where previous Disney stars yell "MOTHER F*CKER" at a dragon while shooting guns...)

The bottom line is that the film is a great escape. If you're coming to judge VHud's acting abilities or to debate what was "real" and what was "fantasy," don't see it. If you're coming to be taken away for two hours on a great trip... then, this is the movie for you.


  1. Mark this day. It might be first time I've ever agreed with one of your reviews.