By David Poland email@example.com
Back In The USSA
Off to a screening, just minutes after arriving home.
However… I was shocked… actually shocked, by the uniformity of reviews of Sucker Punch. You will be unprepared.
And Nikki, however potentially off by 30% or more based-on-east-coast-matinees early studio numbers may be, is out with an $8m Friday leap… which would make this Zack Snyder’s worst live action opening day so far. That includes Dawn Of The Dead, which started with $10.9m in March 2004.
Can Warner Bros actually hand a guy who is losing value with every movie he makes their crown jewel? And if they continue down this road, can Jeff Robinov survive it if the film turns into another Superman Returns?
Of course, now I have to see the film. And like Watchmen, I will see it on my own dime.
I hope that it’s better than I am reading… but I am not holding my breath. It may well be another Hostel 2/Mother of Tears situation for me, this time with John Carpenter’s The Ward as the “better, if still goofy, but extreme, not misogynistic, and equally insane” version of this. (And of course, a lot cheaper and a lot less widely released. Ironically, WB has the UK on that film.) In other words, a lot of fun in the spirit of the genre, not testosterone.
Is it all the female empowerment that a masturbating teen could hope for? Will any girls/women show up to watch the 20-ish-Pussycat-Dolls-Lobotomized-And-Blowing-Shit-Up-Like-The-Boys? Or should we all believe the studio when they tell us that the movie barely cost more than Battle: LA, so everything is okay… $60m domestic and $90m international and they can break even in post-theatrical (no that math doesn’t really add up… even at $80m… true).
I know that one of our regular commenters here is responsible for one of the rare “fresh” reviews of Sucker Punch, so I will look forward to his input. But mostly, I am curious to see it for myself.
I was dressing for the closing night party in Bermuda last night, when on the TV was Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. It was even worse than I remembered. I mean, blisteringly bad. And in retrospect, career crushing. McG is another one that WB has tried to rehab. Maybe Eli Roth will be next.
And now, I’m off…