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Does Zack Snyder Have Basic Narrative Problems?

Let’s take a look at the one thing that Sucker Punch and Watchmen have in common. Okay the four or five things. Like 300 and Owls, they’re all CG cartoon. But Sucker Punch and Watchmen (I didn’t see Owls) have major narrative problems to the point where they really don’t feel like complete movies.

With Sucker Punch, Snyder aimed way too high and blew it. Some narrative problems are understandable when you’re hoping around this much. Though even TV shows have pulled it off better. But Watchmen was just as much of a mess in its own way. It did a poor job of juggling the characters and the events. There was no sense of forward motion. Just sets and scenes scattered all over the place. 300 covered that up with a simple story that was made up of slow motion fight scenes. And it had a good template to work with.

Now what happens with Superman? It’s less obvious but Bryan Singer has his own narrative problems. It was more obvious in Superman Returns. So are we headed for another round of the same? Superman Returns overthought the material. After Sucker Punch, there’s a risk of a Snyder Superman doing the same thing.

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  • Heavy Armor April 9, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    They are more video games than CG cartoons.

    Besides, it would appear that Zach Synder’s directorial trajectory seems to be heading in the same direction as M. Night Shamalayan’s. His first “big” hit contains a catchphrase, his next few movies are a jumbled mess, and now he is up to the “established franchise” movie. For M. Night, Airbender was crash and burn. I think it will be the same for Snyder.

  • O_Deus April 10, 2011 at 1:45 am

    If Superman underperforms like Singer’s did, Snyder’s career will be in trouble

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