As the title says, that's how I felt about the "dream world" parts. The main plot point is an inexplicable Fetch Quest
for completely arbitrary items, which could easily be emulated by much more common ones, like a box of matches from the kitchen instead of the mayor's ornate lighter, but I guess the developers didn't think about that. It's even lampshaded with the cook's knife. The fantasy worlds caused by Baby Doll's dances are painfully
devoid of any creativity. And I'm not talking just about the parts lifted from Peter Jackson. They all mash-ups of general themes we've seen hundreds if not thousands of times. And the action is just grind. Luckily, we didn't get an Escort Mission
in a sewer
But maybe I shouldn't look at the movie from that perspective. After all, the blandness is fully self-aware and just a brilliant lampshade of geek entertainment. And the movie has an important Aesop
for us. Which is: only you control your life. You are the one who defines your strengths and fears. Only you can set yourself free.
Um, yes I got that. It didn't require much thinking. In fact, the movie flat out tells us that. Repeatedly. And it's not like it's the first work to come up with that.
So, how do the protagonists get around to controlling their lives?
By escaping into fantasies, of course.
Well, I have years and years of experience in that. It never really worked that way. So I'm gonna call this a bit of false advertising.
Of course, the movie's supposed to be so much more than that. But I don't buy it. Zack Snyder
wanted to make a satire on geek media or something, so he went for the most primitive way of doing one — to play all the parodied tropes completely straight, but it's A-OK, because we lampshade that we do it. It's no longer just bad writing — since the creator know it is, it suddenly turns... good?
Well, hell no, it doesn't. And just because you say you wanted to put a deep meaning in it doesn't mean it's actually there.
As you can tell from the above rant, I didn't enjoy the movie. In itself it's just bland, but it's the pretentiousness that is plain offensive. Even more so since the default response from Snyder (and the fans, so it seems) to those who didn't like it is "you're just too dense to get it".
Again, it's not as if I didn't hear that one before.