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...