Friday, November 6, 2009

300. B

'300' has been criticized as ridiculous, bloody, mindless, inaccurate, and so on and so forth. What the deriders have forgotten, however, is that this is based off of a graphic novel, not a history textbook. '300' is a smoothly textured, ultra-violent, mega-smash action movie that serves its purpose well. The conflict is a familiar one: King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and his 300 Spartans wage war against the vast Persian empire (led by Xerxes, who sees himself as a god). Now the odds of 300 Spartans wiping out the Persians aren't very good. Yet that's not really what Leonidas intends to do. He knows that in the end he and his men will die. Yet he refuses to allow his people to become Xerxes' slaves. '300' doesn't offer much time for drama. The movie, which runs at just under two hours, mainly consists of battle after battle, interrupted by Gerard Butler screaming inspiring words to his men. The graphic novel was written by Frank Miller, who also wrote 'Sin City.' The film, like the adaptations of 'Sin City' 'The Spirit,' and 'Watchmen,' is designed to resemble as closely as possible a graphic novel. Everything looks slightly animated and it is obvious that it was mostly shot in front of a green screen. '300' doesn't have enough depth to it to possess true power, yet as a mere piece of entertainment, it's a big success. All of the performances are over-the-top and histrionic, but that's not a flaw. That's how it's meant to be. As far as the history goes, the movie is actually pretty accurate. 90%, according to director Zack Snyder. About the same according to my own knowledge. So all you detractors stop pestering this bloodfest. If you criticize a movie like this too much, then either you're taking it too seriously, or you natural born detractor.

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