"300" is based on a graphic novel by comic "it" man, Frank Miller. Miller based his graphic novel on a series of truly heroic events that happened during the battle of Thermopylae. Basically what you have here is a true story that sounds as if it is from a comic book getting the comic book treatment. That's what makes this film so great at times and so mundane at others. Director Zack Snyder knows how to guide an epic speech, as is done on a number of occasions in this film by King Leonidas (Gerard Butler). He also knows how to make a battle scene look really cool. Despite knowing the fate of the Spartans, I cheered them on during their battles with the Immortals and others. However, much like a number of action and sci-fi yarns of today, Snyder uses visual stylings and CGI effects as a crutch. Yep, it's cool to watch a man stand down a rhino and even watch a wall of bodies crush a soldier. However, had Snyder realized just how truly amazing the real story of the Spartans at Thermopylae was, he might have cast off Miller's comic version and gone for the real thing. In short, the comic bookishness of this movie takes it down a notch. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy comic book films as much as anybody. The problem with this depiction of the Spartans, though, is that the real story is so much better than the comic book version.
Seeing this film as nothing more than a comic-to-the-screen adaptation, it works very well. The action is brutal and swift and, as I stated before, you will pull for the Spartans. Xerxes (Rodrigo Sanford) gets the larger-than-life treatment, but his god-like voice is sort of funny. The weapons, the armor, the helmets, and even the animated beasts from Hell all look excellent.
If you have no idea as to who or what the Spartans, Xerxes, or the battle at Thermopylae are, you'll really dig this film as a wonder of action and violence. Heck, even if you do know about the real events and people involved with this story, you'll enjoy this movie as an action yarn. I highly recommend it to fans of comic book movies. I also recommend it to history buffs, but the "razzle-dazzle" aspect of the film might make it less enjoyable to you.
*** 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
Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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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 ...