Spartans, prepare for glory!
Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" is very loosely based 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.
THIS IS SPARTA!!!!
Well, no, it isn't. Let me try this.
*clears throat* *deep intake of breath*
'THIS IS A 117 MINUTES OF HOMOEROTIC VISUAL FLUFF IN SLOW MOTION WITH CGI SIXPACKS THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HISTORY WHATSOEVER. THEY WEAR TINY LEATHER PANTS AND CAPES FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!'
Yup, much better.
And yes, you can 'like' a 2 1/2 star film.
Disgusting, racist, misogynistic, jingoistic, mindlessly violent bullshit. Absolute trash. 5 stars.
I once watched this over a dude's shoulder whilst we were doing it. It was considerably better than what was going on IRL.
my fave bit is the bit where keanu reeves goes back in time to be bffs with fassbender.
"Every damn quote from this movie."
It's Friday night for fuchia's sakes, and I'm on severe Man of Steel withdrawal. So time to revisit Zack Snyder's magnum opus, the film that will put abs on your abs and chest hair on your testicles (wait, they actually don't have chest hair, like the marble statues that they are).
This is the absolutely true story (every moment of it is exactly how it went down) of 300 bold, brave, beautiful Greeks, guardians of light and justice, truth and the Ame..Greek way, fighting the stenchful wretched hords of Persia and Xerxes. Their absolute unrelenting macho badassery was a tribute to testosterone the world over, and echoes to this day like a sledgehammer against…
I wasn't particularly taken with 300 the first time I saw it. I think Zack Snyder is a good director (Dawn of the Dead remake and Watchmen are both very good films in my opinion) but didn't think much of 300.
However, on a rewatch, I have changed my opinion slightly. It isn't actually as much style over substance as I remembered. There definitely has been more effort, time, and money spent on making the visuals as strong as they are, but the recounting of the story is pretty entertaining too.
Most people already know about the battle of Themopylae anyway, I'm assuming, so there's no strong need to make sure you know absolutely everything about the history of Sparta…
Sparta was apparently in Greece.
The closest this got to Greece was emptying a kebab shop and filling the screen with the Scots, the Cockneys and an Irishman with a big cock to fight some dare we say it nancy-boys. With all those piercings and make-up this resembled gay-bashing.
Horrible CGI, a cartoon bad guy and some of the worst dialogue imaginable couldn't stop me from watching this. I wanted to turn it off I really did, but with Gerard Butler as a drunk Jock looking for a fight after a night in the pub it was impossible to ignore.
Visually striking. Still astonishing use of effects and camera/light tricks. Snyder's best so far.
half a star for lena headey because i love lena headey.
the rest. well.
One of the most recent additions to my collection. I saw it several months ago when I got it, and was lukewarm to it. I decided to give it another chance tonight, and got basically the same reaction.
Now, my complaints are the same as when I first saw it. I'm not one to go crazy for all these modern action films with excess of slow-motion/fast-forward editing with guitar/rock soundtrack as chaos ensues, and this one had plenty of those. Some of those scenes worked well, others not quite.
However, more harming to it is the lack of substance. The film is all style and has almost nothing more to go with it. Now, granted, not all films have to…
If you want to watch a historically accurate account of the Battle of Thermopylae watch a fucking documentary, this is a film, OF COURSE IT'S NOT GOING TO BE ACCURATE.
Jesus Christ... Some seriously spastic people on this website.
Anyway, yeah this is a pretty (but fairly hollow) action packed fight scene, from start to finish. Dialogue is a bit lame and the acting is the hammiest of all hamfistedness, but still it's a good way to kill 2 hours.
"BUT GUGLY, IT NO HISTORICALLY ACCUMAT"
Yap yap yap.
300 is such a beautifully styled movie (and I'm not just talking about the cast). It's all around a feast for the eyes. I also love the stylized, over-the-top dialogue, it captures perfectly the mythic quality of the story. Everything comes together into a great vision in this film.
300 thoroughly impresses with its visuals and bloody, slow-motion action sequences, but the movie is just so serious that at times it becomes unintentionally hysterical.
While the power and novelty of 300 has kind of died down since it came out it is still one hell of an entertaining film. The visual style of course is the main talking point and has given rise to so many imitations that it has made this film one of the most iconic in the last decade or so. Every frame and every line of dialogue has been parodied, referenced, and copied. Yet getting away from all of that the actual film itself, the story, the dialogue, the acting, the music really isn't anything all that special or great. The story of Thermopylae is of course exciting and interesting but in this after awhile you realize that there is…
The digital technology used in modern-day films such as "300" (2006, Zack Snyder) generally frees the filmmakers; however, while it definitely allows for more and better ideas, it inevitably allows for worse ideas as well, simply because there’s so much more freedom in terms of what filmmakers can do. My main problem with "300" is that I think it relies way too much on digital technology to enhance the visual aspects of the film, which in the end turns the whole movie into a giant spectacle at the expense of the characters and the story.
I didn’t see a single shot throughout the movie that looked like it had been shot without any digital alteration in post-production. While this may…