Hey, all. Sorry it’s late. Yesterday was CRAZY busy (I know, I know…it was Labor Day. How could I be busy when I didn’t have to work? I answer: a spa day at a resort is me keeping busy. I deserve it, and it had to happen yesterday or the coupon would expire. So there.). There will be another post later tonight. Could be a fun one–are you anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Day Three perspective? I am…
Directed by Zack Snyder
Emily Browning as Babydoll
Vanessa Hudgens as Blondie
Scott Glenn as the Wise Man
Jon Hamm as the High Roller/Doctor
That’s the first thought that pops into your head, right? I almost agreed with that idea before I saw it. I even paid full price to see it in the theater (twice; I had to cover my date because he paid for us to see Black Swan a couple of weeks before and he was MAD at me for that one!), which, if you’re honest with yourself, is without question the best venue for a movie like this. You don’t get the full action-movie experience on your TV at home (unless you’re super-rich and have a massive projection system with surround sound and your own popcorn machine). When I realized that Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen [watch for these perspectives in the future!]) was directing, I immediately changed my mind because I love his artistic bent on blood and gore. So I gave it a shot. And was pleasantly surprised.
Babydoll is the new girl, thrown in a mental institution by a greedy, vengeful stepfather after her mother and sister die. She meets all the seasoned veterans, a group of girls with their own issues (and only a couple of which the audience is actually privy to), and decides to escape. She’s guided on her journey by a Wise Man (Scott Glenn in a bizarrely hum-drum role), and her realization of the true aim of her plan only becomes apparent at the very end of the movie.
What’s the draw? Well, for guys, it’s a bunch of girls running around in skimpy Halloween outfits with guns and samurai swords and doing some sort of dance (that we never get to see, by the way). For us chicks, I think it’s about the ability of anyone in a rough situation to either make the best of it or get out of it altogether. It’s also a plus that the goal is reached even though the bad guy finds out what all of the costumed heroines are up to.
I admit, plot-wise, it’s a bit choppy. But the soundtrack is fun—I especially like that Björk makes an appearance, and Emiliana Torrini (she sang Gollum’s song during the credits of The Two Towers) contributes a brilliant cover of Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit. The action sequences are far-fetched, but you must remember that this movie takes place in a mental institution—the main character uses music as a coping mechanism to deal with her horrific fate. All in all—a terrible movie? No. I’ve seen worse (please, whatever you do, avoid Cirque du Freak; not even the amazing John C. Reilly could save this stinker). If you can suspend your disbelief to watch a movie about sparkling vampires, you can certainly do so for the scantily-clad ladies cutting a dragon’s throat to remove two fire-starting crystals. And try to have fun.
Weepy meter: 0/10 No one cries during this movie. You might cringe, but not cry. It’s not that type of show. This lends to a much better…
Man meter: 8/10 I think he’ll like it. Get him to watch it with you; he might enjoy your company!
Overall rating: 7/10 You’ll either enjoy it or be glad to never have to watch it again. It’s not one of my personal favorites, but I can watch it every few months. It’s better than, say, the new Oogieloves movie.