July 3rd, 2011

Sucker Punch

Ok, I'm sure some people reading this are going to hate Rome Girl and I but I'm just going to say it straight up: We just watched Sucker Punch and thought it was fucking amazing.

I know that given the tons of reviews out there that claim it's misogynist or somehow part of rape culture that we were supposed to hate it. In fact, we were prepared to hate it, but because we like the director decided to give it a chance.

In doing so, we've decided that the critics of the film have missed some very salient points.

For one, multiple reviews claim that the film is set in an insane asylum that is a front for human trafficking.

Um, no, that's not the case.

This is like Inception. The strip bar/brothel is just the first level of her delusions. It's not real. It's her reaction to not wanting to believe that she is going to get lobotomized.

As to her delusions themselves, they are the sum product of the pop culture she has absorbed before she got to the nut house.

Many, many of the things she sees and does are variations of the movie Moulin Rouge. Others are references to The Wizard Of Oz. Still more are winks to Watchmen. And, if I have to point out the Alien references then I don't know you.

Then there are the incorporations of video games in her psyche including the Final Fantasy and Mortal Kombat series.

Finally, we have an ongoing satire of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

All in all the point is she's created an alternate world to deal with the fact that she can't accept that she's killed her sister and ended up in an insane asylum. We are seeing crazy from the point of view of crazy.

Once you look at it that way the film really works well. It's not anti-woman or pro-rape or anything.

It's simply a great film about how someone who was addicted to pop culture would go insane when it was time to go insane.

Note: Here is Rome Girl's very concise and accurate review of Sucker Punch:

[(Moulin Rouge x Watchmen) - ACTUAL RAPE SCENES] x (Mortal Kombat +
Final Fantasy) / (Wizard of Oz + Inception + One Flew Over The
Cuckoo's Nest + Kill Bill) = Sucker Punch