Wild Reactions To Early 300 Screenings

Category: 300 News | Posted by: DaisyMay
Article Date: February 15, 2007 | Publication: Cinema Blend | Author: Josh Tyler
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Wild Reactions To Early 300 Screenings There are few movies Iím looking forward to more this year than Zack Snyderís heavily stylized Spartan battle movie 300. The trailers are beautiful, but early reactions to the film seem to be all over the map.

Some seem almost giddy with the idea of knocking it down a peg or two, and so a few early reports have drifted out indicating boos at certain early screenings of the film. For instance Richard at FilmStalker spotted a piece on Cinematical in which they claim to have attended a press screening of the film at the Berlin Film Festival. Their report indicates that audience hated it. No, hated it isnít strong enough. Loathed might be more appropriate. They say, ďIt started shortly after the opening credits; small groups of folks began heading for the door. It got worse when the main villain appeared on screen and all the audience could do was laugh.Ē It only snowballed as the thing rolled along and they report, ďit ended when whatever was left of a packed house booed Zack Snyder's 300 as the end credits scrolled up the screen.Ē

European audiences, and especially European film festival audiences are however, notoriously fickle. They tend to be pretty eager to boo. Yet at the exact same festival, during the official premiere screening (which was apparently separate from the one Cinematical attended), 300 got the exact opposite reaction. Warner Brothers just sent me a note claiming that at the sold out premiere the film received a standing ovation. They say, ďThe screening was interrupted again and again by spontaneous applause and cheers from the 1700 strong audience.Ē

Two screenings, at the same festival, in the same city. What are we supposed to believe? Well, so far Cinematicalís the only place Iíve seen with a truly negative review of the film. Elsewhere, itís getting positive to mixed-positive reviews. AICN and IGN have already filed multiple reviews of the movie. None of them even comes close to being filled with the absolute hatred and vitriol of Cinematicalís review. Iím not suggesting that they made up the audience reaction they reported at their screening, but sometimes when you watch a movie and have a strong reaction to it yourself, you see the kind of reaction in the audience that you want to see. If you ask Joel Siegel what the audience he saw Clerks II with thought of the film, heíd tell you they all hated it too. Judging from the movieís reviews, they didnít. Were there boos at Cinematicalís screening? Probably. Was it as bad as Cinematical thinks it was? Iím a little bit skeptical. Perhaps the jeers they heard were simply their own.