I’ve always found Zack Snyder a sort of conundrum of a filmmaker. At his worst, he’s like a rich man’s Michael Bay – perhaps the best fit out there for making the overblown, stupid films that Hollywood loves to produce; but at his best, he can come close to transcending from the mindless glut of his violent action films and create truly exciting cinema.
So the prospect of Snyder’s Sucker Punch, his first film that’s based on an original idea of his own, definitely had me interested. Would we finally get inside of his head to find a pure nugget of super-violent brilliance? My hopes were only raised when I heard the plot for the movie – five doll-faced 20-something women have to escape an insane asylum by make-believing the most absurd cinematic scenarios imaginable.
It was clear: Sucker Punch would be either a grand reimagining of the exploitation genre with a tentpole budget, or the worst headache ever.
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This Harry Potter fan learned long ago not to get excited for the film adaptations of his most beloved of all book series. They’ve never been awful, but with one exception, they’ve never approached being as good as the source material. Still, last year’s Half-Blood Prince proved surprisingly adept at conveying the atmosphere I catch every time I crack open one of the books. Would the upward spiral continue with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1?
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I’ve been asked by several friends and family members over the past week – “What’s the buzz on the new Robin Hood movie?” Before I saw the movie, I simply replied that I hadn’t heard anything yet, but I expect at least decent things from its helmer, the iconic Ridley Scott. He may have never matched the greatness of his early features Alien and Blade Hunter; but he’s always put out interesting work. To say that movies like Black Hawk Down, Body of Lies, and Matchstick Men will go down as his lesser works says a lot about the filmmaker.
So even though I thought the trailers presented little need for a retelling of the Robin Hood tale, I trusted that Scott would make it worth my time.
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