300 is a slightly exaggerated account of the historic Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C., in which 300 Spartans held off the entire Persian army for 3 days.
This outstanding adaptation of yet another Frank Miller comic (Sin
City) earns a 9.
Wow! What a tour de force of blood and violence. However, this movie differs from other contemporary movies in that it does not mindlessly celebrate graphic gore for its own sake. It is a bold statement that honors the sacrifice men will make to save their country, freedom and loved ones.
This is one that must be seen on the big screen to get the full impact. The cinematography is outstanding. The overall color is sort of washed out with some objects getting a brighter splash of color to stand out. It is melodramatic, but in a good way. We really can emphasize with the Spartans and almost wish we were there. Almost. It is not on my list of things to do – get killed by a shower of arrows, etc.
The characters are alive, larger than life but very much alive. Rather than cower in fear as the Persian arrows blacken the sky, the Spartans joke that they will fight in the shade. Their cockiness and love for battle are truly inspiring. King Leonidas is spectacularly played by Gerard Butler (Reign of Fire, Phantom of the Opera), who manages to balance an insane self-confidence with a sense of duty and love for his family and country. He is completely believable as a great leader.
The movie is fast paced and utterly exciting. The fight scenes are legion and tres cool. The stylized chunks of blood that spray out of the hapless Persians was a nice touch.
This one is big and bold. Highly recommended!
Why is it that oracles are always scantily clad, half naked and writhing? Not that there’s anything wrong with it…
~Elric the Damned