Run Time: 109 mins
Studio: Warner Bros.
What it is about:
Basically a young woman’s wealthy mother is killed by her stepfather in order to gain the funds. Upon finding out that everything was left to her daughters the Step Father than kills the youngest daughter and has the oldest daughter “Baby Doll” committed to an insane asylum.
Once in the asylum things get more convoluted. You are taken from a dreary run down hospital setting to a brighter group home feel, where the girls are basically slave labor and “dancers” for the rich. Baby Doll must get out of the asylum before the “High Roller” comes for her.
When Baby Doll dances she enters a trance where her and the other girls fight to obtain 4 items for their freedom. The 5th item only Baby Doll can obtain.
What I thought:
Disclaimer: First of all leave the children at home please! I saw several parents who brought their young children to the movie and they were crying and were scared. This is not appropriate for young children as indicated by the PG-13, I would even go as far as to say it should probably be more of an R but I may be biased in that opinion.
Effects: This is the reason to see this movie! They are fantastic. There are plenty of explosions and action sequences to keep everyone happy! I did not see this movie in 3-D but I bet it would be even better in 3-D and I’m not usually a 3-D fan. When the girls are in their alternate reality it is non-stop action and effects, you are taken into different scenarios for each item that needs to be retrieved and each scenario is better than the last. And as a bonus the soundtrack was pretty bad a$$, at least it was to my musical tastes. I am thinking of purchasing it. J
Plot Line: It was better than I thought it would be, I don’t go to see this movie for the plat I went more for the effects. However, I was pleasantly surprised; I thought it would be a lot worse. Like along the lines of Red Riding Hood or any of the Twilight movies. The movie kept going fast enough that you never really had a chance to get bored during “down time” meaning between action sequences.
Acting: Some of the acting was better than others. Jenna Malone, Abbie Cornish, Carla Gugino, Scott Glenn and a surprisingly good performance from Oscar Isaac who I don’t think I’ve seen him in anything before. They put in good performances that carried the rest of the cast through the movie. Baby Doll was played by Emily Browning who certainly looked the part but didn’t really have the acting chops quite yet to pull off a lead. She wasn’t necessarily bad but was flat. There is one scene between Abbie Cornish and Jenna Malone (they are sisters in the movie) that really sticks out and I admit I was close to crying. Vanessa Hudgens is thankfully there more for filler because she is not best of actresses.