300
  Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" concerns the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band together against the Persians, and helped usher in the world's first democracy.

  I had been waiting for this movie for 8 months! The process of me actually getting to see it was one of great frustration, patience, and even endurance.

  Let me just start off by saying I was a big fan of the graphic novel that this is largely based on. The movie itself for the most part did a great job of portraying the vision that Miller creates in ink and word.

  The biggest flaw of 300 was the attempt to make it more than it was. For example, the Queen had a much larger role pulling the movie away from the battle and plopping you into counsel rings and quiet nights. Since these lements were not in the novel in the novel it's very obvious to me this aspect of the movie had no purpose but extended length and the deepening of a female role in a predominantly guy movie. I wish the movie would have been tighter and shorter with a clean sweep experience leaving me hungry and wanting more instead of tired and full of a forced script.

  The visual direction of this movie is possibly the best I 've seen in a noticeably long time. The harsh world created is one of timeless cinematic beauty. I felt I might explode as King Leonidas breaks from his ranks and leads the first major charge of the battle, cutting through Persians like hot blade on butter. For this reason alone I would recommend the movie to any and everyone.
 
  The acting was convincing enough within this digital world painted by numbers and blue screens. The movie is no doubt a breathe taking accomplishment in changing the way movies will be made.

  Maybe it's because of my 8 month expectation, watching the trailer a thousand times, or sneaking in while working and watching too many pieces of the movie out of context...but for my readers I shall give it the second best thing my opinion can offer...
Reviewed by: shea
9 Comment(s)
Paul Wilson (http://www.speedtv.com) said...
I would say that three stars is generous. It was a beautiful film that lacked focus.
Andy said...
Paul Wilson... spewing his elitist venom again. 3 stars is a fair rating for 300. It should get 3 stars just for the innovation and some of the fight scenes. I'd give it 3.5.
Paul said...
I would say 3 stars is about right. I wouldn't give it 3 for innovation at all, personally I don't care how it was made, it's about the final product.

This was a most anticipated movie for me, and the viewing experience was excellent. However after the initial high of finally seeing the adaptation, I became more and more disappointed with the end result. Visually...amazing. Some of the story choices were ridiculous, of course I mean the side-plot with the Queen and her would-be usurper. Not in the novel, so why add it? Because we can't have a movie all about fighting? Anyone see Blackhawk Down?

Also I'd like to mention that while the battles were great to watch, as I think back, I never got the sense of the numbers in any one battle. We saw the whole army fire arrows, but all the battle scenes were no more than a 1:1 fight...wtf? Would say also that while Gerard Butler looked the part, he could not fully convince me as Leonidas. His delivery was poor at times, though Snyder did to a good job of portraying him at others.

I would say I'm biased because I read the book, but does that count? It was an enjoyable movie, but failed to live up to the enormous potential that was always there.
Shea said...
Paul(not Wilson)...

It feels good to finally agree to a T.
Adam said...
I also agree. I thought this movie was mind-blowing when I saw it, now I go back and I just... can't really sit through it.
Andy said...
Innovation = the visuals. I'd never seen a movie that looked like it, but that doesnt mean it's not out there.
Paul said...
Andy, that's true, it certainly had a cool visual style to it. Reminded me a little of Sin City, but with a Bronze hue rather than a Gray one.
Shea said...
Yeah... Sin City is the father of this style(maybe George is the mother)...but as with all fathers and their children, 300 took it up a notch.

Frank Miller's film Spirit is another notch in this entirely CG world film.
Adam said...
What about Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow?

Hahaha... I'm kidding, I just wanted to mention that movie.