Spectacular achievement in "capturing" the essence of the graphic novel in cinematography! Juggling stillness and motion! Encasing little vignettes of human beings - the very understated meeting between the two Greek forces on the road, for instance - within the superhuman epic setting. There is something of Homer in it.
Having said what I could in admiration of 300, now I can declare that I hated it. It's trash. It's meant to be trashy, a glitzy slather of masturb_tory illusion in High Definition. Of the three "sex" scenes, for example, two are submissive rapes. The few images of children are clearly sadistic. The blood splattering is not intended for the viewer interested in Greek history as such. Okay, hey, I can appreciate trash when I'm in the mood. But this trash is packaging racism and bigotry. Item: Xerxes is portrayed as a gay African-American wrapped in bling. So are his ambassadors. The Persian elite soldiers are an "oriental" horde, faceless devils swarming all over "our freedoms". "They hate our freedoms"; remember who said that? Why must the defense of freedom be confounded with hatred and comtempt for the "Other"? Isn't it just another case of our martyrs being heroes while their martyrs are terrorists?
So why should I make a big deal of the message, if the movie is just trashy entertainment? Because the movie makes its own big deal of preaching "our" special dedication to freedom, of the moral superiority of the West to the East, of the heroism of the few and the brave against the evil masses of those who aren't like us. Sparta was a slave society, friends, and a particularly rigid one. That's the "freedom" those martyrs were defending. The freedom to hate and enslave others.
So why did I watch it if it was trash? Because my teenage son wanted me to see it. That's also the reason why I'm taking it seriously.
Months later: The comments that have been attached to this review are more interesting than the movie. People take their flicks seriously! More seriously than politics, science, or history, as you can see by checking reviews of any books on those subjects.
*** out of **** It isn't historically accurate or relevant, and it's decidedly silly; but there's just something about Zack Snyder's big-screen adaptation of the Frank Miller comic book "300" that appeals to me right off the bat. It's the kind of movie that bothers just as many as it entertains; a critically divisive action movie that just barely passes as art in its genre. Quite a few readers will probably find it laughably shallow, but there's a charm to Snyder's style; … more
Ive been contemplating weather to make this a review of a quick tip, looking at the type of Movie 300 is I think a Quick tip would be better. Now onto the micro review. As we all know 300 is a stylistic retelling of the the famous Spartan battle of Thermopylae were 300 Spartans held back half a Million Persian troops. Like I said the day I finished watching the DVD, "I don't care if its historically inaccurate, 300 is one … more
300 is based off Frank Miller’s graphic novel about an ancient battle where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians. Hugely outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. King Leonidas(Gerard Butler), leads 300 of his best Spartan warriors into battle and begins what was truly a fight to behold. His men fight to the death as one with their shields, swords and spears. They are one as Leonidas … more
Based on the comic book by Frank Miller, the movie 300 is an epic Tale of 300 Spartans and numerous other Greeks battle against Xerxes and his mega army of Persia. The battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC, shows the strength, honor and sheer fighting power that once was the Spartan men. The story being told Through the ages and in many different ways is truly made historic by Frank Miller's story telling. While not a fan of comic books, or movies that look like comic books … more
300 is quite the confused movie. There are times when its unoriginality is glaring, like in a scene stolen to a tee straight from the finale of Gladiator, juxtaposing the death of our hero King Leonidas with images of his young son and wife running in a dark field of grain. Then there are times when it tries so hard to be unique it’s ludicrous, such as a scene in a Persian army camp where totally inexplicable things are going on including, but not limited to, a near-orgy, a squirming … more
What Pompted You to write a Review? This is one of the best movies I have seen in my life. Not only are the graphics excelent but the whole story line was good. I like how it has some real life events of how the Spartans were. How was the Plot, Acting, Direction? The plot made sense and I don't think it could have been better and that is probaly due to the excelent acting and directing. Were You ENTERTAINED? … more
The 300 Spartans is based on the battle of Thermopylae between the Persian empire and Greece. Mainly Athens and 300 Spartan Hoplites against the entire Persian empire. The Persians were lead by Xerxes the Great who Persians believed to be a man god. The Greek City States were lead by King Leonidas of Sparta. Although a mere man, King Leonidas was a warrior in every sense of the word! Xerxes the Great was continuing a war with Greece that had been initiated by his father, Darius the Great. … more
This is perhaps the film that really made Zack Snyder well known. It's what put him in the minds of many movie goers. And it put him in my mind too, but not for the exact same reasons. When I saw 300 for the first time, my first thought was that it was a very stylistic looking film that was filled with a lot of cool, flashy special effects, beautiful choreographed battle sequences. In short, it was a film that looked good. But being someone who also enjoys getting some … more
Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, 300 takes over the screen like an invading horde. With all the gushing blood of a horror movie and the scope of a classic epic, the second film from Zack Snyder (who helmed the 2004 remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD) is an impressive visual spectacle. Gerard Butler (THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA) plays Leonidas, the king of ancient Sparta. The city is famous for its warrior philosophy, and Leonidas won't kneel to the demands of Persia's King Xerxes (LOST's Rodrigo Santoro). Instead, Leonidas leads his 300-strong army against Xerxes's army of millions. Meanwhile, his wife (Lena Headey, THE BROTHERS GRIMM) campaigns in Sparta for the city to send reinforcements as she butts heads with the treacherous Theron (Dominic West, THE WIRE).
300 is a 2007 American action film adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name by Frank Miller, a fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae. The film was directed by Zack Snyder, while Miller served as executive producer and consultant. It was filmed mostly with a super-imposition chroma key technique, to help replicate the imagery of the original comic book.
King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) leads 300 Spartans into battle against Persian "God-King" Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his army of more than one million soldiers. As the battle rages, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) attempts to rally support in Sparta for her husband. The story is framed by a voice-over ...