300

Warning! Spoilers after the jump.

When we first saw the trailer for 300 at the end of my Happy Feet DVD, Will and I turned to each other and agreed, “Well… That looked trashy. Probably not worth watching on the big screen.”

Last night however we ran out of things to keep us entertained and ended up going to see it. I’m glad we did, and now I have to say that if you are going to watch it, watch it on a very, very big screen.

The visuals and action sequences (I counted two, each of which lasted for approximately 45% of the movie) were stunning. It was extremely gory, but things were so heavily stylised that it didn’t feel gory.

As for the storyline, there is none. They feed you little morsels every now and then about how life is back in Sparta, but you know they’re not really trying. Those scenes mainly provide a chance for your eyes to rest, refocus, and prepare for round 2. (Save of course for when the ever-feisty Queen Gorgo skewered Theron, quite rightfully so too. Revenge is nothing if not entertaining.)

I was mildly disappointed that the best fight scenes were the first ones and they didn’t give us a grand over-the-top finale. I like finales. They could’ve also done a bit more with the Persian army overviews. Remember 10000 Uruk-hai at Helm’s Deep? Just imagine what they could’ve done with hundreds of thousands of Persian soldiers.

Now I know there’s been a bit of a political stir over 300. I see it as just a movie, loosely based on historical fact with the term ‘loosely’ used very, very loosely. It’s not meant to feel real, or be anything that was real. To be fair though, if those were ancient Chinese depicted as a disfigured, RuPaul-worshipping mob, I’d be slightly pissed off too.

It was worth the price of a movie ticket – a great movie it is not, but it is something new, unique and visually fantastic. And, pants are optional.

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  • Jenny said,
    March 22, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    Wow. Now I definately have to see it in a big theatre. It looks that awesome. Maybe this weekend I can drag my mommy out of the house.

  • Monkess said,
    March 23, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    300 is SO good my boyfriend and I went to see it 2 weekends in a row, paid non-matinee prices, in the big screen. It’s THAT good.

  • Asia said,
    March 23, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    300 was indeed amazing. SO MANY HOT MAN BODS. Definitely worthy of a huge screen. I agree about the gore – it was filmed in such a matter that I was briefly convinced that their is beauty even in violence.On the controversy – people kill me with their political input on EVERYTHING. Can’t we just for a moment watch something mindlessly and be caught up in the creative energy alone? I can see and understand people’s points, but we only know so much about the past. I doubt Miller intended to portray the Persians as monsters. Besides, that’s history for you anyway. The enemy is always the monster. Someone could totally write 300 from the other perspective, and the Spartans could be portrayed just as monstrously. Just my cents!

  • Cavalcare said,
    March 23, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    I’m very curious to watch it. It’s just arrived in my town and I plan to watch it during this we.

  • psycho said,
    March 23, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    HAHA! I just turned 18 not long ago! And so I’m able to watch it at last! (It’s rated M18 over where I live…)

  • Amanda said,
    March 24, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    I had no interest in 300 eh.. it looks retarded :\

  • Jennifer said,
    March 24, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    I think I’m the only person among all my friends to have not watched it yet.

  • Harrison said,
    March 24, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    i can’t see it it is r16 over here

  • MK said,
    March 24, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    I liked the movie and I try not to judge it from its historical basis but from the fact that it wasn’t exactly based on history but based on the Graphic Novel by Frank Miller titled 300 which was loosely based on the history pages. When you judge it from that stand point, as it is supposedly a frame per frame adaptation, it’s pretty nice! lol I remember sitting in the cinema with friends asking myself, “lol there are orcs in the persian army” wahahahahahah!

  • Bubs said,
    March 25, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    I thought it was pretty good… my boyfriend thought it was the best movie ever…There were some really great parts (the slow-mo fight scenes) and really cheesy parts (the knife-handed executioner). But the good parts outweighed the cheesy parts, imo.I’d like to see it again.

  • Eric Odom said,
    March 25, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    I gave it five out of five!I’ve found that movies over the last year have sucked over all. This one was finally worth the wait in line for over priced popcorn and a large drink that only lasts half way down the bag.Great flick!

  • Sydney said,
    March 25, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    Yeah, 300 seems like a pretty rockin movie. I can’t wait to see it.

  • Ciel said,
    March 26, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    i haven’t seen it yet. but it definitely seems interesting. i did really like the battle at Helmsdeep in LOTR. that was done perfectly!

  • Nate said,
    March 27, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    I loved it. Yeah, it was an adaptation of a graphic novel, so the visuals were over the top.But even beyond that, I think it was supposed to be portrayed more as a myth or legend, than something factual. When looked at that way, it was fantastic.I heard someone (maybe at ign?) say that it was like a Boris Vallejo painting come to life, and I’d have to say that’s the most accurate description I’ve heard yet.Glad you liked it…

  • jonny said,
    March 27, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    300 is definetely the gayest movie ever to make it to the big screen…tuff and buff oily studs, with 6 – pardon, 8-packs, wearing bascially nothing but a g-string, wrestling with each other…i wonder how many hetero-wanna-bes got horny…

  • McKenna said,
    March 28, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    Ah…doesn’t really sound like my kind of show! I’m all about story lines and plot lines- basically, to please me, things have to open at the beginning of the movie and then make sense at the end. One of them author types. But it’s good to see another LotR buff out in the world! I am myself a very dedicated fan- movies and books, though I DO have some criticism of the movies, just a little, though; they were so fantastically done. I must say, I’ve been to your site a few times now and I ADORE it. I’m a stickler for organization- neat columns, lines, stylish but simple CSS, a color scheme that actually matches the layout- etc. Your site fits under all those categories and many more! Also, seeing how neat and tidy WordPress looked on your site, inspired me and gave me some gumption to install it on my site as well, since I’ve been meaning to but have been trying to fight back a case of incredible laziness. Anyways, this is getting long, tehe. Just keep up the awesome work with the site, and take care.

  • Ben said,
    March 29, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    Don’t usually leave comments, but have to comment on two things – your post and the previous comment.300 – Didn’t like it. A Scotsman as the Greek king? Blimey.Borrowed far too heavily from other big-budget American epics (Gladiator etc) and was continually repetitive, so much so that I cringed whenever the lead actor opened his mouth to shout another Russell Crowe/Mel Gibson line.Give me a film like A Scanner Darkly or Pan’s Labyrinth any day.Previous Comment – have to agree. Been hunting decent CSS for several years now, dabbling in it myself but never really finding the Holy Grail (except maybe the odd CSSZenGarden submission). Have to say that your site is continually inspiring to me and has recently given me the impetus to kick-start my CSS work and WordPress-esque ‘blog-style’ work.So, thanks!

  • alid1712 said,
    March 29, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    Its an great movie for me. but i feel theres something missing on that movie. if not it have been a perfect movie

  • Ramtin said,
    March 30, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    all you must know the whole story of the movie is a big (note big very big!) historical lying. I’m a persian and today unfortunetly most of the people of the world think that the old land (PERSIA ) which the ancient Persian Kingdom was placed in has been disappeared and today there is no sign of it , but hey “world” that old and powerful kingdom was placed in current IRAN , Islamic Republic Of.and my request is that do NOT belive the Movie story easily! IRANIAN were NOT and ARE NOT people like orcs in lord of the rings as shown in the 300 movie. I’m an Iranian Guy and that movie caused people to think that Iranian are wild nation , dirty , ugly , stupid which WE ARE NOT really, hey people of the world how can you belive that the greatest and most powerful kingdom of the ancient time was underdog? how can you belive that story? as you KNOW : “REAL EYES RELIES (THE ) LIES” all people know that in most of the wars between PERSIA and greece that WAS IRANIAN Who WON most of the wars , and the war pictured in the 300 movie too, belive me that fact is not the thing you’ve watched in that movie! if you don’t belive please have your own research about it, and IT IS TIME TO CHANGE OUR OUTLOOK TOWARD PEOPLE OF MIDDLE-EAST COUNTRIES AND THEIR HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL BASIS. THANKS.

  • Lena said,
    March 30, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    In an strange way the historical facts of the movie were … almost accurate. And this coming from a Greek who hates to see Hollywood make a mesh of my history. Oh, just for the record, Leonidas (one of the two Kings of Sparta, Sparta always had two Kings) DID NOT disobeyed an order by going to Thermopyles. That is unheard off for a Spartan. He was under orders. Oh, and we really liked the film here in Greece. But only as a movie inspired by a comic.

  • Enzo said,
    March 31, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    I saw that one and it’s kinda good. Though it’s mainly computer graphics.

  • JessC said,
    April 1, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    This was one of those movies I -had- to see. However, I loved Sin City and new as soon as I found out it was by the same people that it’d be gorgeous. For the most part I think it was one of the better action movies out in recent months. I agree that it should be seen on the big screen! It’s going to take away from it being watched at home on a small tv set. New to your blog~ Joined up because we have a few things in common. That and, being from the midwestern United States I jump at the chance to meet a fellow female IT students my age Oh, and nice blog too, btw.

  • Cheryl said,
    April 1, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    Um, I am going to see the movie just to see Gerard Butler. He is so talented. From sensitive in “Dear Frankie” to doing his own singing in “Phantom of the Opera” and now totally buff in “300″.

  • April 5, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    Entertaining review. I enjoyed reading this. I liked the movie myself. It was very visually pleasing. Neat place you have here, I’m sure I’ll be back to check it out again sometime. Take care.

  • Starlet said,
    April 6, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    It’s funny because I hadn’t even heard of this movie until about 3 days ago where I read a blog that was complaining ‘everyone is talking about it and hyping it up’ – I thought it can’t be that well known, or I’d have surely heard of it….since then it feels like every where I go someone is talking about it, blogs, forums, TV, radio.Freaky.

  • AddA said,
    July 4, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    I enjoy this movie review..thanks for sharing

  • July 17, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    Yes I have to agree – a very good film which was different to the normal rubbish that gets released into the cinema these days

  • Alvin said,
    September 2, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    Same here ,300 seems like a pretty rockin movie.But I can’t wait to see it.

  • Polizei said,
    September 8, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    Yeah, i love it, too. It´s a legend.300 was fantastic!

  • Kredi said,
    September 13, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    Yapı Kredi Yayınları, Yapı Kredi Bankası’nın 1944 yılında başladığı, özellikle 1949 yılında çıkan Doğan Kardeş dergisiyle tanındığı yayıncılığı, 1992 yılında, Turhan Ilgaz’ın yönetiminde kurulan bir şirketle sürdüren yayıncılık kuruluşudur. Tam adı Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat Yayıncılık A.Ş., kısaltması YKY’dir.

    Sait Faik Ödülü, 2003 yılından itibaren YKY ve Darüşşafaka Vakfı işbirliği ile düzenlenmektedir. Yayınevi, Sanat Dünyamız, Cogito, Kitap-lık dergilerini yayımlamakta, aynı zamanda müzik ve sesli kitap yayıncılığı da yapmaktadır.

    Yapı Kredi Kültür Merkezi; Vedat Nedim Tör Müzesi, Kâzım Taşkent Sanat Galerisi, Sermet Çifter Salonu, Sermet Çifter Araştırma Kütüphanesi gibi bölümlere sahiptir.

  • Saç said,
    September 13, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    Herhangi bir saç fırçası veya tarağa baktığımız zaman kılların arasında ek yerleri olduğunu görürüz.Bu ek yerleri saç tellerinin zarar görmesine neden olur.Ayrıca bazı saç fırçalarının kıllarındaki veya tarakların dişlerindeki pürüzler uzun süreli kullanımla kaybolur.Ancak bu arada saça oldukça zarar verir.Bu nedenle tek parçadan imal edilmiş taraklar tercih edilmelidir.Saç fırçası alırken kıllarını inceleyin.Kılların üzerinde hiçbir pürüz olmamasına dikkat edin.Tarakların dişleri de mümkün olduğunca geniş olmalıdır.Saçınızı tararken nemli veya ıslak olasına dikkat edin. Saç kuruyken taranırsa saç kırılır ve zaman içinde kurumasına neden olur.

  • Carl said,
    September 17, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    This is great movie.

  • September 26, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    I liked it really much, THIS IS SPARTAA!!!

  • Mike said,
    September 26, 2007 7 years, 195 days ago

    Very cool movie! Waiting for…

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