While we may have gotten a pretty specific look at (what seems like) most of the imagery the movie has to, the final trailer for Sucker Punch still left the films with cards up its sleeve…
Turns out that in some form or fashion, Sucker Punch is a musical.
How exactly this characterstic of the film will manifest itself, I’m not sure. What is know is that characters in the film will be singing special versions of many classic songs that have been re-arranged by Marius de Vries and Tyler Bates (music director and composer, respectively), and the soundtrack will also feature new covers of classic songs by other artists. There is a soundtrack listing available, which comes from HitFix, and it includes an interesting array of songs and artists, and also shows us which actresses will be singing what.
1) Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Emily Browning
2) Army Of Me (Sucker Punch Remix) – Björk featuring Skunk Anansie
3) White Rabbit – Emiliana Torrini
4) I Want It All/We Will Rock You Mash-Up – Queen with Armageddon Aka Geddy
5) Search And Destroy – Skunk Anansie
6) Tomorrow Never Knows – Alison Mosshart and Carla Azar
7) Where Is My Mind? – Yoav featuring Emily Browning
8 ) Asleep – Emily Browning
9) Love Is The Drug – Carla Gugino and Oscar Isaac
Set visit reports will be flooding the web soon for the film, and I can imagine the TV spots will be hot and heavy with less than a month to go until the film’s release into theaters and IMAX on March 25th. More details about the unique bizarrity of Sucker Punch will surely escape, though I’m thinking more and more that this is going benefit from knowing as little as possible going in. Snyder is definitely doing something uniquely styled with this one, and in such an aggressive fashion that he seems to have polarized all of the potential viewers. Frankly, I have absolutely zero expectations of quality for this film, but I’m definitely optimistic and will bring plenty of goodwill to theater. I think this is an ideal arrangement, but I walked into Tron: Legacy with the same feelings, and that didn’t do the experience any good. Insulting is insulting, after all.
What I don’t understand are those who write the film off because its got too much CGI or green-screen work or whatever. The beautiful looking trailer aside, Snyder is obviously aiming for a complete dive into a fictional, hyper-stylized world. With so many visual effects, at what point does this become a sort of live-action/animation hybrid that one can stop judging by traditional visual rules? Obviously this makes no allowance for aggressive stupidity, or emotionally hollow storytelling (which are completely legitimate concerns that many raise), but in terms of pure beauty and style… dunno, but I’m noticing a serious streak of disingenuous cynicism. That said, I hop Snyder has endowed Sucker Punch with a notable brain or a heart (or even better, both!), as I’d love to actually enjoy the first big visual feast of the year.
EDIT: I like giving credit where credit is due (that’s the only way the favor is ever returned), and while I feel I already have, I wanted to update this piece. As is evident in the comments below, there is some “controversy” about the timeline for this information. While I read this for the first time on HitFix in my RSS feed, as noted in the article above, Devin posted the same news very early this morning, while Collider ran the news before anyone last Thursday (as far as I can tell- I’m not devoting my entire afternoon to investigating who ran a press release first), so props to them as well. I never intentionally shit on other sites, and you will always see links where it is appropriate, when it is appropriate.
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