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Category: 300 Reviews
Article Date: March 15, 2007 | Publication: Today is Just a Daydream Blog | Author: Staff

Posted by: DaisyMay

There's not much to say about this one that hasn't been said by fans everywhere or communicated fabulously in the trailer. Frank Miller's rollicking graphic novel has been lovingly and carefully adapted into an over-the-top, ultra-violent, adrenaline-pumping film that, fortunately, throws enough scenes of dialogue and character development in there between the battle scenes to keep things from getting static. Gerry Butler's Leonidas is somehow still human under all the bravado and strength; his relationship with his queen is appropriately distant and Spartan, almost business-like at times, and yet is still tinged with Hector-and-Andromache-worthy passion and genuine love. It is surprisingly funny and occasionally sad; the violence is more human and real than in Miller's Sin City, but still stylized enough to be kind of awesome. It manages to have heart amidst all the splashes of blood, and comic fans and newcomers alike won't be disappointed.
Grade: A-


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