Sucker Punch Directed by: Zack Snyder Written by: Zack Snyder & Steve Shibuya (screenplay) Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, and Vanessa Hudgens
Remakes and graphic novel adaptations are Zack Snyder’s MO. Lately though, with last year’s Legend of the Guardians and now Sucker Punch, he’s decided to take his over-stylized style off of the comic book page and map out novels or original material into his own wild odyssey.
Sucker Punch has Snyder’s name all over it from the get-go. It begins with a violent slow-motion sequence of a young girl (Emily Browning) accidentally shooting her sister when she was aiming for her wicked stepfather and then being brought to a mental hospital where she will await her lobotomy.
Kick-Ass Directed by: Matthew Vaughn Written by: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn (screenplay), Mark Millar & John Romita Jr. (comic book) Starring: Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aaron Johnson, and Chloe Moretz
The way Kick-Ass was marketed, you’d never know what it was about. It could be the next raunchy teen comedy, a Scary Movie iteration with super heroes, or a campy exploitation flick. After seeing this movie, I now know why they could not market it efficiently. Kick-Ass is all of the aforementioned things, struggling much like a super-hero to find an identity. At it’s best, it is a rocking reinvention and exploitation of the super hero mythos. At it’s worst, it is a formulaic teen comedy with shock value language dueling with shock value violence.
The premise of the film is interesting enough. With caped crusaders invading our pulp culture like cockroaches, why has no one in the real world donned a mask and set out to fight crime? Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) plays the nerdy philosopher who comes up with this idea, and decides to take action. He becomes Kick-Ass, a scuba-suit wearing crime fighter who is stabbed and beaten to a pulp his first night on the job. The answer to his earlier question is answered early on.