Category: 300 Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: March 27, 2007 | Publication: tamnews.org | Author: Mac Douglass
Whether there has ever been a more collective ass kicking in a movie than the one that the Spartans unleashed on the Persians in 300, I'm not sure. However, I am awfully sure that the cinematic interpretation of Frank Miller's bizarre graphic novel style finally paid off in 300 after it fell disappointingly short in 2005's Sin City.
As it turned out the refreshing cast of relative Hollywood nobodies was just what the doctor ordered for the highly stylized and unique film. A plethora of possible breakout performances were unleashed, and the result is a thoroughly enjoyable movie-going experience. While 300 wasn't the epic classic that many of us were eagerly awaiting, it certainly had its fair share of highpoints, easily enough to draw any but the most devout pacifists into the theatre.
It's hard to say what is more alluring about the movie; the hour and fifty-seven minutes spent enjoying yourself in the theatre, or the countless hours spent afterward considering all possible elements of the interesting film. The latter certainly holds its own in the competition, for there seem to be endless different questions to ask yourself after you leave. In a good way, though.
For example, one must wonder just how much of the incredible story is true, and how came from the head of Frank Miller. Also, I'm sure some of us are wondering who on set thought it seemed legit that the greatest warrior people in history would fight in nothing more than exaggerated loin clothes, as opposed to actual armor. Now, of course, there's no denying that the Spartans had a fine set of physiques, and it's always possible that the idea was that the Persians would be distracted by a few buff, oiled up warriors. But I tend to doubt it.
I should not, however, leave out the adrenaline that you walk out of the theatre with as a possible sell for the movie. There is, after all, something to be said for a movie that surely inspires countless adolescent boys to want to pick up a sword and battle immediately after leaving the movie. The tragic lack of swordplay in our culture is a problem that needs immediate attention, and anything that glorifies a little blade-on-blade intensity is alright in my book.
That glorification is, of course, an assumption on my part, as I have yet to actually witness a sword fight since leaving the movie, let alone one fully choreographed in Spartan style. But I'm pretty sure it's going to go down one of these days, and it'll be a great day, you can count on that.. 300 also had some good old fashioned sex, in case you were wondering.
The bottom line is that you've got to get to 300. Regardless of whether or not you want to go, don't want to go, or simply have no feelings about going whatsoever, just get there. The thing is that if you don't, you're probably just not really going to have as many friends in the future. I know what I am saying is very unfortunate, but I'm pretty sure there's some truth to it.
Seriously, 300 has violence, sex, a weird disfigured humpback who pins out the Spartans, a couple of hot women (in case you thought the sex was actually realistic for the time period and purely male, it's not), a bunch of greased up warriors and a 7'6" Persian god/king. What's not to like?