Here’s how it probably was expected to go down: superstar director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) would bring his first original screen story to life with the willing assistance of production company Legendary Pictures and studio Warner Bros., a phalanx of digital artists and a pop culture nerd’s wish list. The combination of live-action Japanese anime tropes, steampunk design and young Hollywood starlets seemed like an easy puzzle to put together, a precise “flap A into slot 1” procedure.
Cut to opening weekend where Snyder’s Sucker Punch receives just that from underdog sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2, a movie made for a fraction of its competitor’s costs. To add insult (many of them, actually) to injury, critical drubbing rightly classifies the film as a big-budget exploitation flick without the charm of lowbrow, low budget grindhouse trappings. It was pegged as an excuse to have young women firing guns in panty-baring outfits while blimps and mecha storm about.
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