Sucker Punch Soundtrack26.03.11 # Soundtrack # 12 Comments
The Sucker Punch soundtrack. Describing his new project Sucker Punch as Alice In Wonderland with Machine Guns might have been a good way of securing funding, and might attract chuckling late-teen boys to the theatres, but graphic-fancying CGI automaton Zack Snyder might just as equally have suggested Terminator 2 with cartoon owls, or Citizen Kane with the ED 209, such is the wisdom of melding a beautifully functioning classic with a completely incongruous element. If only he’d come up with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, then at least he’d have a best-selling book on his hands. Just as well that Snyder’s snappy-cum-brainless one-liner stands empirically for nothing, the similarities of Sucker Punch with Lewis Carroll’s classic limited to a female protagonist entering a sort of fantasy world, and the dissimilarities being giant robots, CGI everything, massive explosions, every female character looking like an auditioning Playboy bunny, and everything else you’d expect from the early 21st century’s most prominent exponent of worthless computer game schlock.
A short note for mister Snyder, if you’re reading: there have been several Alice adaptations over the years, including of course Disney’s classic animated version and Jan Svankmajer’s majestically morbid stop-motion feature, neither of which included machine guns or imagined its female characters as leery sex fantasies, and would neither have been improved by doing so, in case you were wondering. William Sterling’s ’72 live action version however probably could have used both. Maybe that’s the version you were referring to.
According to Zack’s Logic (which describes the explanations Senor Snyder offers for his creative decisions, but which can also be applied to the sociological insights found in Saved By The Bell), his film operates on “multiple levels of reality, so this same layered construct had to be considered and applied when approaching the music”. Experienced users of Actual Logic will of course realise that outside Zack’s Realm this means nothing at all. What the Graphic Lord seems to be referring to is the “layered reality” achieved by having songs covered by people who didn’t write or originally perform the songs. If things just got a little too Inception for your liking, don’t worry, that’s the limit of the complexity.
Bafflingly though, the soulless Pixel King has managed to oversee a soundtrack album which reaches acceptable levels of enjoyment and, unexpectedly, rarely sucks ass. Star of the film Emily Browning performs vocals on a couple of tracks and provides a passable husky-dusky girl-croon. Emiliana Torrini, the Icelandic singer who performed Gollum’s Song for the Two Towers, doesn’t louse up White Rabbit. A strange gangsta rap “mash-up” of Queen’s I Want It All and We Will Rock You turns out okay in a blustering sort of way, and Skunk Anansie contribute a really good version of The Stooges’ classic proto-punk anthem Search And Destroy. It’s all of a piece, the instrumentals melded together by an overriding Dust Brothers style end-of-the-world techno aesthetic.
It almost goes off the rails with a faintly sacrilegious Pixies cover and un utterly rank attempt from Browning to pull of a Smiths track (learn this: no-one, but no-one, should ever attempt to cover The Smiths), but ultimately Heartless Zack, it must be confessed, has presided over an acceptable Computer Generated Soundtrack.
Sucker Punch Soundtrack (Songs) – Track List
1. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Emily Browning
2. Army Of Me – Björk
3. White Rabbit – Emiliana Torrini
4. I Want It All / We Will Rock You Mash-Up – Queen
5. Search And Destroy – Skunk Anansie
6. Tomorrow Never Knows – Carla Azar
7. Where Is My Mind? – Yoav
8. Asleep – Emily Browning
9. Love Is The Drug – Carla Gugino
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