Watchmen, the 168-minutes of moving images that was less a coherent film narrative so much as a cinematic summary of the events of Alan Moore’s acclaimed graphic novel, was one of the few movies that has effectively stayed with me since I saw it in theaters. That’s less an endorsement of excellence so much as an admission that I find the movie to be an unsolvable puzzle. I’ve rewatched it nearly half-a-dozen times since it came out on DVD, and though it is terribly faithful as an adaptation, I still feel like it never quite comes together in the way it should.
That said, Carla Gugino stole the show with her boozy Sally Jupiter. It was camp, to be sure, but not the sort of camp rooted in being terrible. No no, it’s the sort of camp that comes from being ferociously unrestrained. Think Sister Ruth from Black Narcissus, but less Technicolor red lipstick and a much higher BAC. Seriously, Ms. Gugino, should you ever find this blog on account of a Google alert, please know:
ANYWAYS, my major frustration with Watchmen was the lack of giving her little else to do in that movie beyond getting almost raped. Blech. Thankfully, though, I was looking over the headlines at ComingSoon.net this morning and read that she’ll be joining the cast of Zack Snyder’s upcoming SuckerPunch. But what exactly is SuckerPunch about? Well, here’s ComingSoon.net article’s plot summary:
The Warner Bros./Legendary project follows Babydoll (Emily Browning) who is confined to a mental institution by her stepfather, who intends to have her lobotomized in five days. While there, she imagines an alternative reality to hide her from the pain, and in that world, she begins planning her escape, needing to steal five objects to help get her out before she is deflowered by a vile man.
Huh, alrighty, and what about Ms. Gugino? I can’t resist the potential pleasure of more Gugino Goodness, so what will her role be? According to Variety (ComingSoon.net’s source for the story), it’s quite promising:
Gugino will play a nurse in the insane asylum who becomes a madam at a brothel in the film’s alternate reality…Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone and Abbie Cornish co-star.
Be still my furiously beating homo heart! Carla Gugino as a nurse/madam? That girl from High School Musical trading Walt Disney for Zack Snyder? Jena Malone, who I haven’t seen since Saved?!? Oh, and did I mention that the protagonist is being played by the girl from Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events??? I LOVE that movie!!! I’m not saying this movie is guaranteed to be amazing, but I am saying that this movie is shaping up to be a gay man’s fever dream as action movie. Seriously, we need to check this movie’s lower back ‘cos I’m pretty certain it’s sporting one wildly ornate camp stamp.
Oh, Zack Snyder, you had me at “Gugino.”