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Anonymous
i’m really sorry the movie made you feel bad. being triggered by movies sucks. the worst experience i ever had with that was with fight club, which is an extra pain in the ass because so many people really love that movie.
here’s the thing. plenty of people tell me they love fight club and think it’s a really great movie with a lot of meaning to it. then i say “it triggered the shit out of me, and i hate it for this reason.” what i don’t say is “that is a terrible movie with absolutely no redeeming value for anyone but creepy perverts. anything you got out of it exists only in your mind.” i have a real problem with people denying my experience of reality, so i try not to do it to other people.
i don’t want anybody to change their personal opinions, and i don’t want anyone to expect me to change mine. but people ARE expecting me to change mine, or at least shaming me for having it. i don’t want you to turn around and say “oh, i was wrong all along and actually it’s fabulous!” any more than i want my vegetarian friends to go fry themselves up a pound of bacon each; it’s none of my damn business. but if i’m eating a roast beef sandwich and a vegetarian friend gets louder and louder and more and more aggressive about how i am literally everything that is wrong with the world for eating my sandwich? then i might get a little angry.
i don’t think responding to sady doyle’s quick, sarcastic post with a quick, sarcastic post of my own counts as a tantrum. it’s not the nicest thing i’ve ever done, but i had no idea she would even read it — she’s never responded to any of my reblogs before. i thought a couple of my friends might laugh. instead, i got ripped into publicly by a big-name feminist blogger who then proceeded to flip out on tumblr and accuse me of psychological rape. and i’m the one who needs to grow up? nah.

jkrowlingismypatronus:
Sucker Punch?
I’m so conflicted about seeing this movie. I’ve been looking at fan reviews and stuff and it seems like a love it or hate it movie. People are hating on it because they say it doesn’t have a plot and it disguises itself as a feminine empowerment film but really isn’t. And then on the other side of the spectrum people love it because of its deep plot and how it’s a “girl power!” type of movie. Can someone please give me their opinion? I’d appreciate it. :)
I don’t know if I should see it.

blackalice:
Fabulous Review On The Misogyny Of Sucker Punch
Sucker Punch may have “looked” exciting & empowering on the surface, when I first saw it in theaters…but as I dig deep, look again, & read more & more about it, I start to see it for what it really is: A exploitative, misogynistic, de-empowering, faux-feminist film that dresses itself up to appear empowering.
The reviews I’ve been reading have been extremely helpful in helping me become more aware of seeing the actual truth behind films like Sucker Punch.
Here’s one I recommend you all give a read:
http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/03/28/faux-feminism-in-sucker-punch/

vincentvangalang:
I just watched this with some friends at MOA. The music was good, the graphics and fight scenes were in-your-face, the costumes were cool and the acting was good. It was like Burlesque meets Inception or something. I liked the movie.

cleverwittystatement
It’s more of a mind fuck than Inception. You wanna talk about going ‘deeper’, at least in Sucker punch I was in more confused about which reality was real. I hear people saying that they hated Sucker Punch but…why?
It has everything people want in movies:
- Asylum
- Secret whore houses
- Samurai- No, GIANT SAMURAI. No Rocketlaunching samurai- OMG MACHINE GUN SAMURAI. NOW THAT IS PROGRESS
- Dragonball Z-esque power ups
- Leper Nazi Post apocalyptic world
- MORDOR.
- Plot Twist
And even angels for all those believers out there.
It had one good quote though: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
Girl in a mental institution. Gunna get lobotimised. Dun wanna be lobotomized. Inceptions herself into another reality where she’s an orphan in a whore house. She doesn’t wanna be in a whore house. When she dances it’s appearntly motherfucking impressive because everyone’s eyes jack off watching her. Total BAMF. Of course we never see these super sexy dances that were described as titillating since, when she dances, she inceptions herself into these super epic day dream sequences while her co-whore-t of courtesans steals shit that’ll help them escape this whore house. Now our first daydream within a dream is in this Japanese temple thing with a guy who I’m pretty sure was a Vulcan in one of the Star Trek series. Then he gives her a sword and a gun and gives her a list a shit of stuff to get i.e. the stuff the other bitches are getting while she dances. Then this giant samurai comes out. The this other giant samurai with a fucking rocket launcher. Then one with a machine gun. NOW THAT’S PROGRESS JAPAN. She wins. She snaps out of her day dream everyone is fucking stoked. Second daydream within a dream; post apocalyptic Leper Nazi Germany vs France with robots and shit. Shit’s fucking intense. Third dream within a dream is Mordor meets Masaf with dragons. ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY WALK INTO MORDOR but apparently you can fly over and drop into it. It even has orcs and Babydoll wrestles a fucking dragon and rips out his throat or something. Then mama dragon be pissed and I may have teared up a bit. Then SNAP BACK TO REALITY OH THERE GOES GRAVITY. BITCHFIIIIIIGGGHTTTT. Now the third time was when I realized ‘oh shit it’s all the same world’ yet they all are hard to connect. The third dream lakes place in the Tron world, all off the grid of course, with Enterprise like hallways and droids with an awesome ‘kill all humans’ program that shames the Trade Federation. Back to the dream within a dream again, 3 bitches die, 2 left make a big escape from the brothel house…place. THEN O SHIT LOBOTOMY and something happens…and…idk if he was gunna rape her or what…then back to the girl who escaped and she gets away and baaaaawwwwwww.
Ah dunno I thought it was okay. It had everything you need for a movie why bomb it?

thehiddenclaire:
There’s something familiar about Sucker Punch that I can’t put a finger onto. And today, it struck me: it’s a teenage version of Brazil. From the fantasy scenes to the depressing, dark ends of Sam and Babydoll. Even the color schemes were similar.
Because Terry G. is my homeboy.

thecuckooclock:
30 Day Film Challenge
Day 12 - A Film By Your Least Favorite Director - Sucker Punch Sorry guys, I hate to have to repeat myself but if there’s one director that I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE, it’s Zack-Fucking-Snyder. It’s not just that he makes completely stupid action movies, that’s something I can forgive, Michael Bay does that, Brett Ratner does that, it’s the pretentious bullshit attitude he has to go with it. It’s that he wants to try and pretend he’s socially or politically relevant, that he’ll make a film that is nothing but an exploitation flick and try and pretend that it’s about female empowerment and somehow fighting Hollywood convention of how women are presented in film.
I mean christ, dude, it’s bad enough that your film is nothing but titilation fare but you’re gonna try and pass it off is as being about empowerment? Fine, then I call a spade a spade, your film is about rape, Zack. It’s a 2 and a half hour film about the repeated raping of women who look like they’re in High School. The only strength portrayed is “battered-wife strength”, in that Zack calls his protagonists strong because of the beating they’re willing to withstand. I can go on and on and pick out the Iraq metaphor of 300, or the battling ideologies presented in Watchmen where Snyder’s disproportionately writes a love letter to libertarianism and fascism. The really repugnant homophobia in 300, the fact that women are reduced to props in most of his films, the fact that he needlessly piles the blood and gore on, even when it comes to the film’s detriment.
I mean, did he read Watchmen? He got that it was supposed to be about normal human beings right? Deeply flawed, scarred, emotionally unstable but real human beings, right? So why are they able to rip arms right the fuck off and suddenly bust out kung-fu moves to take down a room of 20 guys? These were people who’d often get their ass kicked a great deal, but hey I guess “looking cool” matters more than breaking the film’s realism and completely changing how the characters are portrayed. But in short, fuck this guy.

kaegabrielle:
I still
Have shivers from seeing Sucker Punch. It was like an hour and a half long girl-gasm and it blew my mind the more I think about it. It was like Girl Interrupted meets A Little Princess meets some crazy dark twisted fantasy. UNF.

quesarah-sarah:
I'm so sick of these 'slutty costume' arguments some feminists have against Sucker Punch.
Slut shaming again? Really?
When are you people going to start to understand that girls can wear what they want? It doesn’t matter if you deem it ‘too provocative’. You can think that all you want, I admittedly see some younger girls walking around and think their outfit may not be appropriate but you know what? Thats not who they are as a person, and it’s none of my fucking business.
Being critical of the clothes women wear is another form of body policing. It’s just another “10 ways to lose 10 pounds!”. Women are valid no matter what they’re wearing. You could put an Ivy Leaguer in a ‘slutty’ outfit and have her walk down Times Square and people would assume things about her, things that are probably incorrect. Conversely, you could put a stripper (I’m not saying anything negative about stripping… I’m just talking about societal norms) and put in her a nice, modest, 19 Kids and Counting approved outfit, and no one would think twice.
ALSO...
The argument about it being an “Old mans wet dream”.
Me taking a shit could be an old mans wet dream just as much as me kicking ass in a hot outfit could be.
It’s not stoping me from doing either.
My actions are not guided by a mans desires.

severability:
What really pisses me off about this Sucker Punch discussion
is that everyone who dislikes it are just plain hurtful and dismissive, like sexual assault survivors don’t matter. Downright fucking condescending, like their opinions is the correct opinion. That fucking pisses me off.

sevenpoints:
Re: Sucker Punch
I’m still parsing what I think about that movie, but I do want to say this: I’ve seen several reviews criticizing it for overly sexualizing the girls’ costumes, with the short skirts and stockings and corsets and all.
The thing is that I, personally, would dress like that all the time if I didn’t have to worry about what other people (mainly straight men and women who hate women) might do or say when they see me.
I look at my naked body at least once a day, usually when I’ve just gotten out of the shower at night. I love my body. I like to flaunt it. I love my long legs and long arms and my perky little B cups. I just hate that wearing shorts and tight tops means putting up with leches and bitches who hate me on sight, even if they like what they see.
In the movie, yes, the girls wear skimpy clothes, but there are significant meanings to the costumes. In the real world, they’re in short solid dresses. In the brothel, they’re in leotards, corsets and stockings. Both of those are the worlds controlled by men. In the war zone, however, they’re in black and they look fucking badass. Baby Doll’s sailor outfit shows off her abs. Everyone has guns and knives and swords strapped everywhere. I think it’s wrong to assume that, given the choice, all women would wear loose, comfortable clothes with high necklines and low hems. Some of us like to look hot, and we like to do it for ourselves, not for anyone else.

roxanneritchi:
Have you seen "Sucker Punch"? If so, what are your opinions on it?
littlewhiskeygirl
I haven’t, but I’d like to! What I’m expecting: an action movie deconstructing rape culture, focused largely if not solely on women and their relationships with other women, with some major problematic elements! I’m reserving all other comments until I’ve seen it. :)

lovelykaren:
On Saturday Edward & I went to go the movies, we watched ‘Sucker Punch’. It was pretty awesome I especially loved the soundtrack! We went to Edward’s Cinemas in Long Beach which is our favorite theater to go to (it’s not because my hubby’s name is also Edward lol) But we love it cause it’s gorgeous. Theres a lot of stores & a lot of nice places to dine at, also theres a nice fire place to sit at which is so romantic. Can’t wait to go next weekend again!
P.s- Sorry about the poor picture quality but it was kinda chili so I took the pictures fast lol.

myclevertitle:
So here's the synopsis of "Sucker Punch"
This blond girls step dad kills her sister and blames it on the girl, he bring’s her to a mental hospital where she is to get a lobotomy so she can’t tell her side of the story. But the metal institution turns into a strip club that a church sends orphaned girls too, classy right? And in order for her to escape, with the help of some new friends, she needs to find a couple objects to get out. To get these objects Babydoll, the blond girl, dances to distract people, although when she dances all the girls go on a mission in some alternate universe. And by the end everything turns back into a mental hospital and only one girl escapes while Babydoll gets the lobotomy.
Overall, it’s a violent treasure-hunt that these girls do in underwear. And then they try to through in some metaphorical bullshit that could have a deeper meaning but I don’t care enough to look into it.
So I’m sure any guy would enjoy it, while girls would probably just laugh. But I’m not going to lie, it kind of made me wanna be a bad ass kick boxer or something, idk…

harrumph:
FUCK SUCKER PUNCH. FUCK IT RIGHT IN THE ASS WITHOUT LUBE.
You know, everytime I have a fucking psychotic break and lose my shit, the thing I fantasize about to mentally escape the hellishness of being essentilaly imprisoned is WORKING IN A FUCKING BROTHEL. I MEAN, I ALWAYS DREAM ABOUT FUCKING PUTTING ON SOME COSPLAY SHIT AND SERVICING MEN WHEN I HAVE REALLY LOST MY SHIT AND HATE THE THINGS GOING ON AROUND ME.
What? Doesn’t everyone?
Oh, and fuck Hollywood, too. Same rules apply, but maybe add in spikes.

mmmzombies:
Sucker Punch
Having thought on it for a bit, I’ve decided that my final decision on whether or not I’ll recommend Sucker Punch is this—
By all means rent it or something once it comes out. It’s visually beautiful and definitely entertaining.
I wouldn’t recommend seeing it in theaters because you’d be shelling out eight dollars for what I think is maybe a four dollar movie. (However, it should be seen on a big screen and with surround sound.)
If it was aiming for female empowerment, it missed. However, I don’t think it was any more offensive to women than the average Hollywood film. (Not that that’s saying much.)
It would’ve been a blast to do storyboards for, that’s for sure.
If you’re expecting Emily Browning (or any of them) to act, lower your expectations. All she really does is flash her panties while fighting and look sad/helpless/hurt.
I think if I had to define what the “message” of the film was, it would be something along the lines of women can only affect their surroundings/change their situation by using their sexuality on the men who control them. So don’t go to this movie for real life lessons.
I also learned to never write a check with your mouth that you can’t cash with your ass.
srslywonder:
sweet pea and rocket is JUST like me and my older sister she is so protective of me just like sweet pea is and im always getting into trouble just like rocket made me cryyyyy

vml:
Rant: How to Piss Off Female Audiences at a SUCKER PUNCH Screening
WARNING: This post contains spoilers.
I saw the movie Sucker Punch at a test screening in October. I LOVED IT! To me, it had everything both horny boys and girls would love. Boys would like it for the sexy girls kicking serious ass in big fight scenes. Girls would love it for the badass girls kicking serious ass in big fight scenes and the Jon Hamm sex scene near the end. That last part had me swooning for Hamm. I even wrote it down on my questionnaire card after the screening, describing it as my favorite scene out of the entire movie. After the screening, I really wanted to brag about the exciting movie that will be pleasuring audiences in April. Unfortunately, I only told a handful of people about the experience because, prior to the screening, I had to sign a contract saying I wasn’t allowed to talk about it or else the studio would sue me for millions. (Seriously.) Now that the movie is finally out, I can talk about it!
For every person I spoke to who loved the movie, I gushed about Jon Hamm. I never got any respones back. You see, since I already saw the movie, I haven’t seen it since its release last weekend. Yet, I was originally wanting to see it again once it had officially came out, and I had been curious to see if any scenes were deleted or added. Just today, I found out that the scene I loved the most has been deleted.
I got very disappointed and angry. I want to throw a fit, scream, and tell fangirls what they had missed.
So here’s the scene that you Sucker Punch-ers missed: After letting Sweet Pea escape, Baby Doll (Emily Browning) gets captured, gets knocked out, and wakes up in a bedroom with the suave High Roller (Jon Hamm). With charismatic, affectionate smooth-talk, he tells her that he’s not out to harm her and is really looking for “inner truth.” He asks her to stay with him but promises to give her freedom from the institution/brothel. While this is happening, Baby Doll becomes seduced and gains his trust. She moves closer to him and unbuttons his shirt. He lays her down and gives her a kiss. Then the scene cuts back to reality, where the Doctor (Hamm) lobotomizes Baby Doll. He gets weirded out, telling Dr. Gorski that Baby Doll looked as if she wanted him to lobotomize her.
So why did this scene get deleted from the final print? Here’s what Emily Browning said regarding the scene:
“I think that it’s great for this young girl to actually take control of her own sexuality. Well, the MPAA doesn’t like that. They don’t think a girl should ever be in control of her own sexuality because they’re from the Stone Age. I don’t know what the fuck is going on and I will openly criticize it, happily. So essentially, they got [director] Zack [Snyder] to edit the scene and make it look less like she’s into it. And Zack said he edited it down to the point where it looked like he was taking advantage of her. That’s the only way he could get a PG-13 [rating] and he said, ‘I don’t want to send that message.’ So they cut the scene!”
I blame the MPAA for their notion that its inappropriate to show a girl taking control of her sexuality. (Similarly, Ashton Kutcher argued about the same thing while promoting No Strings Attached this year.) In the case of Sucker Punch, it would have been a very appropriate and empowering scene since the female characters keep getting threaten by a misogynistic villain throughout the movie.
The issue about showing female sexuality on screen isn’t new. For a long time, there’s been a double-standard about it. It might be okay to show male sexuality in American movies, but showing female sexuality is considered pornographic and forbidden to general audiences. That’s complete sexism to me. Just forcing Sucker Punch’s sex scene to be deleted was sexism. I might as well say that depriving female audiences from watching it was sexism too. This is just stupid.
So don’t be saying that seeing girls in skimpy outfits and performing in some brothel is sexist. The real sexism was editing out a sex scene.

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/sucker-punch?before=1301337392

[Lost the author on this one—CK]
Here's my attempt at making myself feel better about the ending to Sucker Punch (spoilers ahoy):
In the 3rd fantasy level (the one where they’re badasses with guns) when Rocket stays behind on the train and the bomb explodes she shields herself from the explosion with the body of one of the robots they killed. She jumps into the water and saves herself. In the 2nd fantasy (where they’re dancers/prostitutes) when Rocket is stabbed by the cook with a butcher knife, the knife misses her vital organs by centimeters and when she “dies” she only passes out and wakes up later in intensive care in a hospital. She escapes from the hospital and goes home to her family (later Sweet Pea follows)
In the 2nd fantasy level (where they’re all dancers/prostitutes) when Blue shoots Amber in the head he doesn’t kill her. He only kicks her back to the 1st fantasy kind of like Inception. When you die you just wake up. She wakes up in the 1st level (the mental asylum). When Blue shoots Blondie in the head in the 2nd level he does the same thing. She gets kicked back to the first level with Amber.
(In the movie Sweet Pea escapes when Baby Doll gives herself up as a distraction to the guards.) Sweet Pea goes home and Rocket is there too and they live happily ever after. When Baby Doll is in the chair getting ready to be lobotomized the doctor doing the procedure misses the target by a millimeter. It doesn’t work but Baby plays along like she’s been lobotomized. She meets back up with Amber and Blondie. (In the movie Blue is taken to jail and I assume Dr./Madame Gorski takes over.) Dr./Madame Gorski gives them their freedom because Blue was corrupt by putting people in the asylum that shouldn’t have been there.
THE(better)END!
ahhh much better. now I can sleep peacefully.

jkrowlingismypatronus:
This is going to sound pathetic.
But I was listening to the Sucker Punch soundtrack the other day and “Where is my Mind?” was playing and I realized *SPOILER*…around the 3 minute mark is when Babydoll sacrifices herself and I nearly cried. I almost started crying my eyes out while I was driving, listening to it. Crying. Ugh this soundtrack. It’s so amazing.

attemptinghappiness:
Today was a pretty good day, though I didn’t do any exercise :/ I ate pretty healthily. I went to the cinema this evening, saw Sucker Punch. Very good film, I loved it :) Though I found it a bit confusing. I took a box of fruit salad to the cinema, whereas just a week ago I would have bought a bag of cookies and eaten them all. It felt good not doing that tonight.
However I did eat too much dinner, I felt full halfway through, but I kept eating it anyway, I think it was because I was in front of the TV, I was a little distracted, I wan’t really paying attention to my eating, I think I was also to lazy and distracted to get up and put the rest of my meal in the fridge. But that’s okay, I will be weary of that now. I will be eating my food up at the table from now on I think.

cleverwittystatement
A summary of the movie Sucker Punch
It’s more of a mind fuck than Inception. You wanna talk about going ‘deeper’, at least in Sucker punch I was in more confused about which reality was real. I hear people saying that they hated Sucker Punch but…why?
It has everything people want in movies:
- Asylum
- Secret whore houses
- Samurai- No, GIANT SAMURAI. No Rocketlaunching samurai- OMG MACHINE GUN SAMURAI. NOW THAT IS PROGRESS
- Dragonball Z-esque power ups
- Leper Nazi Post apocalyptic world
- MORDOR.
- Plot Twist
And even angels for all those believers out there.

It had one good quote though: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”


Girl in a mental institution. Gunna get lobotimised. Dun wanna be lobotomized. Inceptions herself into another reality where she’s an orphan in a whore house. She doesn’t wanna be in a whore house. When she dances it’s appearntly motherfucking impressive because everyone’s eyes jack off watching her. Total BAMF. Of course we never see these super sexy dances that were described as titillating since, when she dances, she inceptions herself into these super epic day dream sequences while her co-whore-t of courtesans steals shit that’ll help them escape this whore house. Now our first daydream within a dream is in this Japanese temple thing with a guy who I’m pretty sure was a Vulcan in one of the Star Trek series. Then he gives her a sword and a gun and gives her a list a shit of stuff to get i.e. the stuff the other bitches are getting while she dances. Then this giant samurai comes out. The this other giant samurai with a fucking rocket launcher. Then one with a machine gun. NOW THAT’S PROGRESS JAPAN. She wins. She snaps out of her day dream everyone is fucking stoked. Second daydream within a dream; post apocalyptic Leper Nazi Germany vs France with robots and shit. Shit’s fucking intense. Third dream within a dream is Mordor meets Masaf with dragons. ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY WALK INTO MORDOR but apparently you can fly over and drop into it. It even has orcs and Babydoll wrestles a fucking dragon and rips out his throat or something. Then mama dragon be pissed and I may have teared up a bit. Then SNAP BACK TO REALITY OH THERE GOES GRAVITY. BITCHFIIIIIIGGGHTTTT. Now the third time was when I realized ‘oh shit it’s all the same world’ yet they all are hard to connect. The third dream lakes place in the Tron world, all off the grid of course, with Enterprise like hallways and droids with an awesome ‘kill all humans’ program that shames the Trade Federation. Back to the dream within a dream again, 3 bitches die, 2 left make a big escape from the brothel house…place. THEN O SHIT LOBOTOMY and something happens…and…idk if he was gunna rape her or what…then back to the girl who escaped and she gets away and baaaaawwwwwww.

Ah dunno I thought it was okay. It had everything you need for a movie why bomb it?

steampunk-goes-blonde:
that awkward moment when you go through the sucker punch tag and nearly die because reading other people’s theories hurts your head because you don’t want to start an inception war in your head over what was the “real” ending of sucker punch.
Let’s just say they were all dreaming and are really in the lesbians with each other and are all over.

m0rdred:
Today will be great.
I’m going to the cinema with best friend. We will watch Sucker Punch (*click*). It has some bad reviews but I like the trailer and the stuff I read about it. So I hope it will be good. Prior to that I will buy the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1 DVD (it costs only 7 pounds).
So I guess it will be a nice afternoon/evening.
The only bad thing is that I got my period but I don’t have any cramps which is good.

DVD Release

The DVD release in late June, 3 months after the theatrical release, created a new opportunity for discussion of the film. In particular, the Blu-Ray release included about 18 minutes that had been cut to get the PG-13 rating for the theatrical. I’d actually expected a lot more discussion that there was. One change was that because people were watching the film at home, there were a lot of simple short “status update” postings: e.g., “I’m watching Sucker Punch,” and/or “I don’t understand _____. Can someone explain it?”

rebeanelle:
this movie was amazing. i really liked it, it was intriguing all the way through. tho i like the whole story inside a story type thing…and i liked the mixing of genres.
i like my swords, knives and guns. ^_^
I’m a practical woman. lol

princessreezie:
YAAY BIRTHDAY PRESENT! :D

thedoktahandroes
I think it’s an awesome movie! I’ve seen it before, and each time I watch it I find something new, some little detail that helps explain the bigger picture (much like Inception only with more action). I’ve actually made a big ranty review which I will post when I find the time to write it up, but I definitely suggest seeing it! I thought it was totally bad ass (:

eternal987:
Sucker Punch revisited
I’ve been thinking back on it for a while today and I want to take back all my negative comments I posted in the other Sucker Punch post. I didn’t talk too badly about it but I mentioned the story might have been a little simple-minded, which I now renege on that opinion. I don’t think the story was simple at all. I think it was very well constructed that took us on a fantastical ride. I was too quick to judge. I apologize… to no one really. It felt right though. I’ll probably go buy it tomorrow and watch it again.

jordan1richards:
Sucker Punch Redux... I forgive you Zakk Synder
So the blu ray release of Sucker Punch just dropped on store shelves and for some reason I felt compelled to pick it up. I had read that the 17 minutes greatky improve the movie and I have to say that it’s not bad on the small screen. It turns out that Sucker Punch was written and edited as an R rated film but the studio didnt want it that so they tinkered and the movie I truly hated came out in March. This Director;s Cut shows us the R rated movie we should’ve saw in the first place. The actions scenes hit harder and offer some great payoffs (that world war 2 scene is still the centerpiece of this flick). There’s also an added musical number and a Jon Hamm sex scene so it’s way better. I think this version is worth a look (if not just fast forward to the fighting.)

10 Days of Sucker Punch Challenge | Day 01 : Favorite Main Role Girl
Sweet Pea: I’m the star of the show, remember?
I’m not sure why I love Sweet Pea so much, and it was really hard for me to decide between her and Blondie. I love all the girls almost equally, but these two are the ones I love just a tiny bit more (and Sweet Pea just a tiny bit more than Blondie). There’s just something about Sweet Pea, I love how she’s really closed herself off to the world and her whole life is really just about protecting Rocket and making sure Rocket is happy. It’s a bit of an unhealthy relationship, I think, but Sweet Pea always just gives and gives and gives and bottles up her emotions and hardens herself — and it isn’t just Rocket she protects, but all the girls, really. There’s something so intriguing about that and in ways, it’s almost admirable.

heathicorn
OMG HEATH.
Have you seen Sucker Punch? Because I saw you posted that one graphic and I was like EEEEEEEEEEEE because I LOVE that movie but most critics gave it horrible, misunderstood reviews and I was just wondering what you thought about it. I'd love to hear what you have to say about it because I find that you have very well-educated opinions, esp. about things like feminism/sexual abuse; a lot of critics and feminists were angry about the portrayal of women but I am a raging sex-positive feminist and I found the film to be extremely feminist, from my perspective at least, so when I saw those reviews I was like HUH? NO.
So yeah, sorry to ramble, basically I am just wondering if you saw it and what you thought about it. :)

Anonymous
I have! I actually just saw it for the first time yesterday, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I was really depressed at the end, actually, because I had NO IDEA that was how it was going to turn out (a bucket for my creys all my girls! D:). I honestly haven’t read a single review about the film so my thoughts are probably dumb, but I honestly see it as a very female-positive piece. I can understand that there are problems with it, and it’s not perfect, but I think there’s a lot of good to be found in Sucker Punch. Now, of course they’re in horrible situations, abused and subjected to unforgivable things, and perhaps critics will argue that it’s wrong that for Babydoll to be effective/able to exercise any agency she must utilize her body to elicit the male gaze/please men. I sort of saw it as Babydoll reclaiming her sexuality, her body, exploring a freedom within herself and understanding that her body is her sanctuary, her weapon, as they describe it. It’s a film about women who have been horrifically wronged taking up arms to not only defend themselves, but each other—and to me, that’s where the positivity lies. We see these women protecting each other, sacrificing themselves for each other; the figures of authority are male, the villains are male (with the exception of the ‘old wise man’) and these are women who rely only on other women to free themselves. They put their faith and their fates in each other’s hands. I mean, yes, there are problems with the film because it’s overtly sexual, it’s all about these women and their bodies and what is done to them, but it’s also about what they choose to do about it. It’s fighting back. It’s saying “I’m not going to let this happen to me, I want to save myself”; it’s not women looking to men to help them, it’s women looking to women to help each other. To me, that’s the part that I was happy about, the message I took away. Freedom is taking a stand, not necessarily winning. It’s fighting for yourself, and for the people you love.

sssurvive:
I don't think people understand
the strength of my desire to own the Sucker Punch movie on blu-ray/dvd.
God, I really need my license. It would be nice if I had a car or something so that I can, you know, get around. Whatever. Left to my own devices once more…~
Life is great, summer is great<3

rossbirks:
So I'm finally watching Sucker Punch
And yeah the soundtrack is actually really fantastic. The rest of the movie is kind of like looking into the brain of a 15 year old boy where loads of attractive women wear revealing costumes and wield swords and guns while they fight big samurais, robots and bad nazi bastards. It’s as if Snyder wrote it in his teens and thought “Oh yeah baby this movie is gonna be the coolest shiznit!!” To be honest I’m really enjoying it, even if there is quite a bit to be desired in terms of narrative. It’s also the Extended Cut so I dont know if that has much to do with it as the Theatrical got royally shit on by everyone.

themarmaladegirl:
I have really mixed feelings about Sucker Punch.
I’m awed by the visuals and the soundtrack and Jena Malone and Abbie Cornish, and a little appreciative of the ‘you have the weapons now go fight gurrrllll’ message.
But at the same time I’m like WHAT THE FUQ DID I JUST WATCH?
I get that women have one thing that can weaken men: their sexuality. I’m not against women who use their sexuality to get what they want (sometimes I think it’s hawt) but the way it is portrayed in the movie just turns me off. Really - dancing and escaping into a kickass fight scene and then the dance is up - WHUT. At least have the decency to show how good a dancer she is till everyone just about overreacts and hugs her and stuff? Maybe it’s just me.
And, it’s hard to relate to Babydoll. She’s just a porcelain doll to me. I get it that she’s a tragic character and she’s made a lot of sacrifices, but nothing of her true personality gets to me. To me she’s like ‘meh okay I’mma get out of here’, whereas with Sweet Pea and Rocket - we get their motivations (and their protective sisterly bond is just sweetness and tragic). Emily Browning tried her best, but I think it’s the poor writing in the end. Don’t even get me started on Amber and Blondie. Why were they even there seriously (other than to look badass).
But you know what would have made the movie more fun and acceptable (in my books)?
LET ALL THE FIGHT SCENES BE A REALITY. Let kicking dragon and demon samurai and robot and Nazi butt be their actual profession. Let them be a crack team of badass women who kick butt during the day and seduce men at night. NOT BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO BUT BECAUSE THEY CAN. I’m totally fine with that. Don’t try to slide in some weak female empowerment message amidst a heap of male masochism, is all I’m saying.

chillbox:
I'm watching Sucker Punch right now.
And I must say I’m not impressed.
Okay, the outfits are cool, yes. The steampunk themes are awesome, fuck yes. And they even played a song by Bjork. But the movie’s not even that great. I don’t get why people are so impressed by it. I thought the trailer was cool, but that’s about it. There’s like all this action and I don’t even know why. Like, the fuck is happening?
Seriously.
Whut.

rossbirks:
#217 Sucker Punch (2011) Dir. Zack Snyder
God this blog is becoming a “Ross defends universally despised movies” blog. But despite all the bad reception….I actually really enjoyed Sucker Punch. I’m not calling it a great movie by any means but as an exercise in style and dream logic it’s a pretty interesting ride. It’s like a fatty pop-culture sandwich consisting of video games, anime, comic books, and popular music. The music especially I really loved. All the hooplah about “it’s sexist, it exploits women” is pretty unjustified in my opinion. I get why people would think that, the film does play like a teenage boy’s wet dream but I honestly don’t think Snyder’s intention was to degrade women in any way, quite the opposite in fact. I think he wanted to make a cool action movie about a group of badass chicks and no matter how inane the film may be, I do believe Snyder cares about his characters. It’s just like a female version of 300. If a woman made that movie would people be calling it sexist? I don’t think so. Warner Bros. gave the world’s biggest geek millions of dollars to live out his fantasy and the bad reception has ensured that there will never be another movie like this made ever again, which is probably for the best, but I’m glad somebody made it at least once.

planets-bend-between-us:
Watching Sucker Punch with no previous knowledge of it going in. And… what is this? Some guy’s wet dream? A live action not! Japanese anime with hot girls, skimpy outfits, and eye makeup that resembles hentai?
I’m so confused right now.
The CGI is cool, but… every inch of my feminist isn’t sure whether to be enraged or uncomfortable.

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