Sucker Punch


This is a fantastic film, in all senses of the word.

Snyder spends a lifetime adapting comic books and his only original film further refines that art. A true feast for the senses.

Cries of “objectification of women” are totally unfounded. Reading stuff like this:

greasy collection of near-rape fantasies and violent revenge scenarios disguised as a female-empowerment fairy tale

makes me think that person looked at the posters and trailers, imagined the most disgusting Japanese tentacle porn imaginable and wrote that from that premise.

It seems that even the editors though it was too much, because that review was pulled and in its place lies this 4/4 mini-review. That goes the opposite way, damning the film with faint praise such as:

Snyder objectifies to empower

If this is what amount to treat women like objects, what to say of The Wolf of Wall Street, with 0 non-prostitute female characters? Or Barbarella? If this is a near-rape fantasy, what is Irreversible? An actual rape fantasy?

I think this has more in common with Girl, Interrupted or a less realised female version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. People in extreme situations doing extreme things make for good cinema, and addressing a subject doesn’t automatically imply objectification.

The best example of this is all the dances are replaced with the alternate universe military missions. It acknowledges that dancing suggestively for ogling audiences is just degrading, and that people in those situations require coping mechanisms to remain sane.

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