Friday, July 16, 2010

Zack Snyder Unleashed

I'm not the biggest fan of Dawn of the Dead, 300 or Watchmen, but Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch looks be his most interesting and most irreverently self-conscious film to date, and I absolutely mean that in a good way.

Snyder is a glorified comic-book stylist and his films are nothing but panels that move from one to the next. 300 embellished a threadbare story out of Frank Miller's graphic novel and then Watchmen was so slavish (with the exception of a few horribly placed songs) that it became embalmed, as David Edelstein put it.

Fortunately, Sucker Punch isn't based on previous materials or writings, it doesn't have a vicious mob of a fan-base and more importantly, it looks and sounds like something entirely senseless and insubstantial in a way that should allow Snyder to just do his thing from scratch and leave any pretensions at the door.

Plus who doesn't want to see Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish and Jena Malone wearing macabre goth-latex and enacting their visualized revenge girl-power style? Somehow I'm thinking Quentin Tarantino is looking forward to this.

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