By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
We’re going to do things differently today, and start with the grade for “Sucker Punch.”
I give it a C.
But that was a tough grade to arrive at because the movie passes one of my crucial tests: Did I think about it between seeing it and writing the review? Yes, yes and yes.
It was written and directed by Zack Snyder, the man who brought us “300” and “Watchmen.” Like those films, “Sucker Punch” has a visual style that mixes the beautiful, the grotesque and the awesome.
Images of zeppelins, World War I bi-planes, mechanical samurai warriors and dragons have returned to my mind again and again.
I have to be honest and say that images of the scantily clad, tough-as-nails heroines have returned to mind, as well.
“Sucker Punch” is a visual feast of a film, but it’s also a confusing mess of a story.
Baby Doll (Emily Browning) is wrongfully accused of her sister’s murder and is institutionalized. She’s scheduled to get a lobotomy within five days.
Then the institution is changed into a brothel. Instead of a doctor coming to perform a lobotomy, we’re expecting a High Roller who will do what happens in brothels to young, naive Baby Doll.
She devises an escape plan, and we’re somehow transported into another world, where we find the zeppelins and dragons mentioned earlier.
If you kept up with all that, congratulations.
As for me, I think I understand what happens in this movie and how the title plays into it. A sucker punch is one you’re not expecting, and no one is expecting this.
A C grade probably doesn’t sum up “Sucker Punch.” For sheer nerve, Snyder deserves an A. For maddening storytelling, he gets a D minus.
This is dazzling, perplexing, memorable stuff. You might want to watch it on the big screen just for the spectacle of it all.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Sucker Punch” an F.