A discussion by The Bible Of Zack Snyder’s writers about the direction of Zack Snyder’s fantasy masterpiece; Sucker Punch.
This is the first in a series of future discussion articles on The Bible of Zack Snyder. This one isn’t in-depth as we’d hope to be, but as we gain more contributors and more topics are dealt with, you’ll see far more depth to these discussions about our Lord and Savior’s work. We also would LOVE to hear your thoughts in the comments section of these articles as well. Also, be sure to reply to any tweet or facebook status question we ask because it may be featured in the next discussion! Joining us quickly for input today was Executive Producer of the Batman Documentary “Legends Of The Knight”; Josh Costella.
What do you think is the best directed scene in “Sucker Punch”?
CHARLES: To me the film’s most well done scene would have to be the film’s opening, that ends with the brilliant message to the audience that this ISN’T a film about Baby-Doll. The brilliant intro tells this tragic story shot as a big budget music video, with Snyder’s patented slow-motion and emphasis punctuating every action. It’s shot and presented AS a play; but also as a minimovie in and of itself. Snyder presents this all without words too, hinging the content on his actors abilities which they excel at.
The rain, the atmosphere, the music, all comes together so well that when Sweet Pea turns around right before her lobotomy it’s as jarring for her as it is for the audience, and upon second and repeat viewings it’s even more emotional and important.
ALEX: Mine would have to be the train sequence against the robots. Snyder’s ability shines through this scene, and this scene alone makes many sci-fi films seem amatuerish. I would love to sit down beside Zack for a whole day and discuss that scene alone and how it was made. The camera work is brilliant as well as his classic “slo-mo” style being put to use, perfectly. The parallel storytelling is great as well, and the final segment is filled with genuine suspense. The final goodbye between Sweetpea and Rocket is heartbreaking as both actresses are on top form. Anything to add?
CHARLES: No I think that’s extremley on-point. It’s really hard to narrow down any “best-directed” scene from any of his films though.
ALEX: Right, The whole film, in itself, is a showcase for Snyder proving that he can direct almost any type of genre. For example, the WW1 sequence is on-point, and has great camera work to get a sense of perspective by the soldiers (girls). The sense of teamwork is present, something I feel quite a few of these war pics miss out on. It makes me wish that Snyder’s The Last Photograph is made after Justice League.
JOSH: The best directed scene, in my humble opinion, is the train sequence. I also think that was probably Snyder’s favorite scene to do. I know that he loves to do very challenging scenes and sequences. And from a technical standpoint, it seems like the train scene probably fit that criteria.
Which brings us to our next question…
What do you think was Zack Snyder’s favorite scene to shoot?
ALEX: Personally, I think the opening and closing segments are the most important to the film and that may be his favorite. As you said, the opening tells so much about the film and how it’s presented, and the closing segment with the narration as well as Sweetpea finding peace and leaving on the bus is beautiful as well. The driver, who was in all of the dream sequences, can be interpreted as God guiding Sweetpea to peace. Could this film really be saying that Sweetpea died with everyone else and “escaping” was her purgatory on the way the heaven? Or was everything real as presented? Who knows. (Only Zack)
CHARLES: I think Snyder’s favorite to direct was probably the “White Rabbit” World War sequence. It’s so unabashedly Snyder- with it’s grim aesthetic Snyder let’s it all out in the last moment before the film goes simultaneously full “silliness” with dragons and cyborgs. In Snyder’s lense you get heart-stopping brutal and in-your-face action while also giving you enough time to chew the scenery, the costumes, and the vivid imagery before you. Coupled with these beautiful and dangerous women you get to see these brilliantly eerie foot-soldiers complete with Nazi-esque costuming and terrifyingly soulless gas-masks. And on top of EVERYTHING else there’s a mecha suit bringing hell on everyone. It just seems to me thats’s the scene I’d say Snyder had the most fun with.
Do you think there is a “best shot” in the film?
CHARLES: Alex, I don’t know if there is a best shot because the whole film was the best shot. Literally every frame of every Snyder film is what most directors pour their heart and soul into for ONE frame of their movies.
JOSH: I don’t think I can pick one singular favorite shot of the film. Larry Fong and Snyder put on absolute clinic on visual filmmaking in Sucker Punch. There simply isn’t one bad shot in the entire movie. Knowing that Fong and Snyder are together again for Batman V Superman only makes me that much more excited
ALEX: Agreed all around. Sucker Punch is definitely a clinic of filmmaking, and unfortunately a “famous” director in Quentin Tarantino couldn’t see that.
Hey, followers, in your opinion, what’s the best directed scene in #SuckerPunch?
— Bible Of Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyderBible) June 3, 2014
@ZackSnyderBible Oh gosh, there’s just so many! When they’re planning the escape and noticing their surroundings and I liked the dragon.
— Dalton Brown (@cakelessroses) June 3, 2014
@ZackSnyderBible Also, the first “dream” sequence is pretty badass as well.
— Dalton Brown (@cakelessroses) June 3, 2014
@ZackSnyderBible The High Roller sex speech
— Justin M. Lesniewski (@TheMidside) June 3, 2014
@ZackSnyderBible the first fantasy sequence, set to Bjork
— Ryan of Justice (@TheChewDefense) June 3, 2014