300! is a Rootin' Tootin' Heroic Movie!
Category: 300 Reviews | Posted by: DaisyMay
Article Date: March 30, 2007 | Publication: Blogcritics Magazine (Blog) | Author: Steve007
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This is a blogcritic.com comment to a review by El Bicho posted earlier on 03/30
You may have noted that the movie "300!" is clobbering all competitors at the box office, seen varying reviews, and wondered if it was worth it. In a word, absolutely!
The plot is true, and well-known. In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King Xerxes led an Army of well over 300,000 men to Greece and was confronted by King Leonidas of Sparta and 300 Spartans (plus some Athenians). He offers them terms/promises/bribes to stand aside and join his empire, and they choose to fight, knowing they will all die, while the folks back home debate about whether to send reinforcements..
Thar's the bare bones of it, but doesn't cover the truly glorious film that is 300! The photography, enhanced by computer graphics, is shockingly beautiful. The dialogue and acting is terrific. Gerard Butler's King Leonidas makes Russell Crowe's Maximus (Gladiator) look like a choir boy in comparison. Can't see how you could do better short of Richard Burton. There is an excellent extensive female part, and it would be a mistake to think of this as just a "guy's' movie". There is even some definite humor. My wife loved it. You WILL be drawn in and emotionally involved. Quite a few audiences seem to applaud at the end. They should.
You may have heard this is violent. Well,sort of. It is a genuine epic with many fight scenes. The film editor never uses the same camera angle twice, and the combination of color and shading makes for an absolute beautiful vision. Much thought had also been put into the music, and sound effects chosen by the director. But there really is little blood and no spilled innards, though there are antiseptic severed limbs and heads.
You may have heard that this is a "political'" movie, and it is true the the Iranians are not fond of it. I didn't see it that way. Greece WAS the foundation of Democracy and Western Civilization, and the invading army WAS Persian. Can't change reality.
In sum, the movie really is the words that are over-used. Spectacular. Epic. Glorious. Beautiful. Heroic.
Five stars. For sure. Go see it. And don't wait for the DVD.