Mar 30, 2011

Hey, That's My Cape! SUCKER PUNCH Should Have Been A Comic

Zack Snyder has directed some pretty cool comic book adaptations for the silver screen; 300, Watchmen and (hopefully) Superman. So when the advertisements for his latest film Sucker Punch started popping up, it was easy for the non-comic-reading public (or even some die-hards) to assume it was another translation. Before going to see it this past weekend, my boyfriend said, “So...this was a graphic novel, right?” Wrong.

Really though, can you blame him? Sucker Punch has comic book written all over it. In fact, this was Snyder’s first original work to be released in theaters so it’s really not that far fetched. For his first film, he remade Dawn of the Dead and his last movie before Sucker Punch, Legends of the Guardian: The Owls of Ga’Hoole was based on a series of children’s books.

So just how was Sucker Punch and why do I think it screams comic book? Read my thoughts in this week's Hey, That's My Cape! at Newsarama.

3 comments:

Delisa said...

I made the mistake of reading reviews before seeing the movie. Many seemed to rip apart Sucker Punch. I made a decision to completely ignore all of them.
I'm so glad I did. I was blown away with the visuals. I can easily say Sucker Punch will be in my tops for movies and I can't wait until Gentle Giants releases the statues.

BDS said...

It is a subtle story with many spiritual, hero story, philosophical, overtones. I love how the opening monologue was directly related to the ending of the film. It delivered. Sadly, most will not get the subtle little treasures that are all there to find. I really like Amber and Sweet Pea.

borky said...

Your boyfriend: “So...this was a graphic novel, right?”

He'll probably be saying that a lot more often as more and more industry people go for that successful 'look'.

I've noticed a similar trend with a lot of special effects and even some ordinary character shots in both films and TV clearly being modelled to resemble video game scenarios.

Some of its cultural seepage across media, some of its unwitting assimilation, (e.g., more and more girls seem to be unwittingly modelling their make-up style on transvestites, whereas it used to be the other way 'round!), some of it's a conscious attempt to prise people's eyes away from their games consoles or comics.

But one of the main things I hated about the third Spiderman was precisely that it kept making me think of video games rather than comics.