I believe it was Kitten De Ville who said that burlesque dancers are to women what rockstars are to men. Girls look up to them, find them awesome, raw, empowering, and leave a (good) show with a feeling of 'I could totally do that! I want to do that!' and then they throw up some horns and headbang on the way home.
Really, the similarities are striking, even down to the amount of hairspray, makeup, and skintight clothing.
Why You Needed To Know That
This movie is going to be the shit for the very same reason. For so long men have been provided with wild wish fulfillment movies: superheroes, action, PORN, and so on. All these movies have a strong man beating the shit out of awesome things with awesome weapons, and overcoming huge crazy obstacles in order to find some chick and fuck her. It's manly, it's great, there are awesome things like fire and robots and guns! I enjoy these movies!
Then there are the chick flicks: Woman meets hot guy, they hate each other, she speaks to other women only about men, the two are forced to pair up, hilarious awkwardness and coincidences pull them together, he betrays her hugely, they make up, HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
This is every chick flick ever.
Sucker Punch, however, is not this. Enter the trailer:
Sucker Punch is the wish-fulfillment of every godamned crazyass fangirl out there. I am SO INTO THIS.
We have a group of hot chicks who end up engaged in awesomeness with all of the following:
- Gatling guns
- False Eyelashes
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BE AWESOME
Who Did This
This movie, which will be awesome* is the brainchild of Zak Snyder (with Steve Shibuya co-writing). You should know this name. That dude who did 300, and Watchmen, and (recently) Legends of the Guardians ( the pretty CG owl movie). This movie has been in the works for years, and the production designer's Rick Carter. The same guy who worked on Avatar. This all adds up to a movie that will, at the very least, look amazing.
Plus, in the lead role you have Emily Browning playing Babydoll, the pretty blonde on the left in the pic below. You may remember her from Lemony Snicket. She's hauntingly gorgeous. I'm in all sorts of aesthetic overload with this film.
What I'M Going to DO About It
I'm actually going to pay to see this movie.** Even if it is horrendous by everyone's measurements, I am damn well supporting a fangirl film in the hopes that we will get more awesome ass-kicking female-oriented movies.
And let's be honest here: male wish fulfillment films rarely have the deepest plots, best writing, or stellar acting. If Sucker Punch has any of the former, I will be even more an ecstatic puddle of goo than I will be simple at seeing the visuals.
I'll be at the theatre on Friday.
*or at least pretty as all get out
**this is not something I often do