Originality. Originality, originality, originality – also known as something that Hollywood tends to lack. In the coming months, you can expect to see movies that are sequels, prequels, remakes, reimaginings, adaptations, and collaborations, but you won’t find many original scripts.
That’s what has me so excited and worried about Sucker Punch. From the trailers, it looks amazing. I remember seeing it for the first time and thinking: “That movie will either be absolutely awesome or a complete flop.” However, if it does flop, that is a huge blow for new ideas coming out on the big screen. Naturally, I’m worried. But, not too much.
Christopher Nolan, a man you might remember produced such small time films as Inception (another original script) and The Dark Knight, is directing Sucker Punch. The stylistic approach to the visuals is reminiscent of 300, but goes one step further. 300 was stylized, yes, but mostly grounded in what could actually happen back at the battle of Thermoplylae. Sucker Punch takes that and goes over the top, using those same techniques in a fantasy world with everything from dragons and Nazis to a samurai with a chaingun. This use of style also shows a change between the real world and the fantasy world, a line that is supposed to get blurrier as the movie progresses.
It’s labeled as an action movie, but it seems to me that there is a serious plot taking place. From a psychological point of view, I have to wonder what roles the mental institution and her mental state will play in the greater plot of the movie. There is definitely a theme going on here, but the trailers give just a tease of it, and not enough to fully comprehend what’s going on.
I am highly anticipating seeing this movie, and I’m really hoping it doesn’t disappoint.
Austin Widmer, Staff Writer