YMMV / Sucker Punch


  • Anvilicious: "My most precious possessions" said by Blue pretty much drives the point home in the standard version of the movie.
  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Pick a card, any card — there are many to choose from and that's without the alleged Family Unfriendly Aesops.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The "Distant Planet" promotional animation portrays the robots protecting the bomb on the train as freedom fighters. The upper-class citizens of the city (who may or may not be robots themselves) have forced the lower-class robots into ghettos, keeping them down with martial law. One robot sees his wife's horrified reaction when she watches a newscast of a protest being put down, decides he has had enough degradation, and joins the rebellion. The last scene shows the robot looking at his wife's photo before picking up a gun and shooting at something... the silhouettes of Baby Doll, Sweet Pea, and Rocket. Cue the narrator, who had been explaining the oppressive nature of the regime and the motivations of the rebels, saying a line about how we are all the same in one aspect, because we all have a time to end.
    • Short #2: The steampunk German WW2 soldiers are resurrected after falling in battle without souls. The one depicted starts remembering his old life just before he is killed by the girls' mecha.
    • "Dragon": Humans and orcs are Not So Different.
    • It's interesting to look at Amber and Blondie's characters, at least from how they appear to be. Amber appears to be the timid one of the group, and she's the most nervous before any plan. She even opts to the pilot in the fantasy sequences, doing the least amount of fighting. But if you look at what she does in the film, she proves more to be Silk Hiding Steel - she's able to seduce the Mayor and think on her feet stealing the knife right after Rocket is stabbed. Blondie meanwhile is presented as the tough one, but she's the one who breaks and confesses to Blue - suggesting that she may not be as tough as she seems.
  • Applicability: Zack Snyder believes the movie seeps ideas into one's brain, but the viewer has to discuss, debate, reinterpret and rethink various scenes in the movie.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Nobody could figure out whether it was supposed to be a straight Animesque action film or a Deconstruction of that genre. The result was that nerdy audiences turned away because they felt they were being insulted while audiences who'd be interested in a deconstruction thought it was just another action movie. The film's attempt to juggle female empowerment and Fanservice turned off women who wanted the former and men who wanted the latter, as well as feminists of all genders who only saw it as the latter disguised as the former.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Broken Base: The biggest debate is whether this film is feminist or not.
  • Complaining about People Not Liking the Show: There are some pretty defensive fans of this movie.
  • Critical Backlash: From critics and fans, largely regarding the perceived messages and supposedly feminist aspects of the movie. Fans believe it is heading towards Cult Classic and is not that bad at expressing feminism and is better than the critical reception. This whole argument is contentious.
  • Cult Classic: Has a small subset of very dedicated fans. Also has a small but committed fan base of feminists and whatnot.
  • Gut Punch: Amber and Blondie's deaths are rather jarring and unexpected.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Babydoll's little sister dies in the beginning of the movie. After the death of Snyder's daughter Autumn Snyder in May 2017, this already dark scene becomes almost unwatchable.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    Well you built up a world of magic/Because your real life is tragic/Yeah you built up a world of magic...
    • Amber being the non-action girl of the group is hilarious if you've seen Jamie Chung playing Mulan in Once Upon a Time.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The movie is rather off-the-wall.
  • Idiot Plot: The plot relies on the police not trying to question someone who is suspected of assault and murder before/after sedating her and letting one of her alleged victims and primary beneficiary drive her away and institutionalize her, or for at least five days afterwards, and for an apparently ethical lobotomist and therapist to not even think of verifying the paperwork on a lobotomy that the latter didn't think was necessary before performing the procedure. And this has apparently happened multiple times without anyone getting suspicious. The movie requires almost everyone in authority to be stupid or as corrupt as Blue.
  • Iron Woobie: Babydoll who loses both her mother and sister within the first fifteen minutes, gets committed to an asylum and knows she'll be lobotomised in five days. Yet she never cracks and instead comes up with a plan to escape her fate. There is one moment where she cries but it's early in the film and she keeps on.
  • Les Yay:
    • The scene between Amber and Blondie where Blondie explains to Amber how to seduce the Mayor.
    • Not to mention Amber and Blondie are paired up in almost every group scene and even die together.
    • It's much more subtle, but it is there in abundance with Babydoll and Rocket.
    • Babydoll and Sweet Pea shared quite a lot of meaningful looks.
    • In Babydoll's fantasies, she imagines all the girls in skimpy clothing.
    • Rocket is very hands on with all the girls, especially Babydoll and Blondie.
      • And with Sweet Pea too. In the fantasy sequence, at the dungeon entrance, she slaps Sweet Pea's butt to signal her to move forward. It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but it's there. She slaps Sweat Pea's thigh. It's a surprisingly well researched depiction of stacking up and breaching a doorway. It looks a lot less sexual when the guys doing it are marines in full combat gear.
      • She also slaps Sweet Pea's butt in the bordello fantasy, before "finishing her tour". Kinky.
    • "I don't bite (too hard)" is said outright by Rocket.
  • Love It or Hate It: To put it simply, the movie, it's ideas and it's execution all speak for itself and the only reaction it hasn't gotten is indifference.
  • Memetic Mutation: There are many many videos on YouTube showing the "real dance" Babydoll did. Mostly guys dressed up as she was or troll faces.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • After Babydoll's mother dies, her wicked stepfather tries to rape her, and when she resists, he attempts to do the same to her sister who accidentally gets killed by Babydoll, and then has Babydoll institutionalized... in a Bedlam House run by a crooked orderly who has a lobotomist coming in five days from the date of committal. Oh, and he forges signatures.
    • Other than Blue agreeing to arrange a lobotomy for a patient who he knows shouldn't be in the asylum and does not need a lobotomy in exchange for a lengthy amount of bribed cash, he shoots Amber and Blondie, and then tries to rape Babydoll twice. The shooting and first rape attempt happened in the bordello reality, so we don't know how much of it actually happened.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Alan C. Peterson as the Mayor. In his brief appearance, he steals the scene with his utterly badass pimpin' entrance and Leitmotif: a mash-up of "I Want It All" and "We Will Rock You".
  • Rewatch Bonus: Little lines and implications make sense with more viewings.
  • She Really Can Act: Vanessa Hudgens prompted this, as High School Musical was still very fresh in people's minds. Blondie goes from being The Big Guy to suddenly a huge Woobie in the third act. Her shock at Amber being killed because of her is a massive Tear Jerker.
  • Shocking Swerve: Who the real narrator is and who really survives the asylum. Also how Blue actually comes off in the real world.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Many felt the whole prison framing device wasn't needed and the movie could've worked fine as a straight up fantasy movie within its own unique world.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: The baby dragon and his/her mother. The baby does nothing villainous and the girls slit its throat to steal the eggs inside. Of course thankfully they're not actually real and it's only a metaphor for Amber stealing the lighter.
  • Values Resonance: The way Blue controls the asylum and uses the girls as his sex slaves has become startlingly resonant as of 2017 - with numerous women coming forward to accuse noted Hollywood moguls of sexual abuse. Despite a powerful woman in charge of the asylum, Blue still undermines her authority to abuse the girls and controls them through fear. Notable is the scene where Blue murders Amber and Blondie after the latter has confessed. Rather than demonising Blondie as a traitor, the film presents her as a victim who did what she did entirely out of legitimate fear.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Pretty much the purpose of the "dance" sequences. The final one is especially blatant, with a number of slow-motion shots of robots getting broken in detail.
  • The Woobie:
    • Babydoll. She loses her mother, is almost raped by her stepfather, shoots at him in self-defense which accidentally kills her younger sister, and is taken to an asylum that just screws more with her already tenuous grip on reality.
    • Blondie becomes quite a big one as her tough facade breaks quite easily once Blue reveals he's onto them. When she breaks down sobbing, it's a very sobering moment from a character who was a Deadpan Snarker beforehand.

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