The authors open their volume Theorizing Stupid Media with a brief discussion of Zack Snyder’s 2011 film Sucker Punch, and they elect to book-end the volume by returning to it. As a concluding exercise, the authors explore the different ways in which Snyder’s film might be considered stupid. Sucker Punch is unapologetic in its staging of spectacles: adapting the Hollywood vernacular, as well as the gleeful exhibition of fetishistic imagery. Sucker Punch also draws on a menagerie of different genres (or forms): the music video, chambara/samurai movie, war movie, fantasy film, western heist movie set in a science fiction world. It is unclear about whose story is being told, and this introduces an element of narrative dissonance. All told Sucker Punch is exemplarily stupid.
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