When I first saw the preview for 300 several months ago, I knew that this would be a film that would have the same impact upon the industry as did The Matrix and the original Star Wars. It looked so unlike anything else out there!
Guess what, folks? It finally came out last week, and it delivers. 300 was a visual feast from start to finish. Moreover, it was quite compelling!
Granted, I’m not going to say it will win any awards for story or acting, but I have to tell you, the acting was much better than I expected. Gerard Butler had me convinced he was King of the Spartans. That guy just seethed power and passion! Plus, it actually had much more story to it than I thought it would. Bonus, right? At no point did it feel drawn out or overextended, yet it still came in at feature-length.
I was a bit concerned going in because of Frank Miller’s connection to this film. Miller, who created the source material, is known for his gratuitous violence. I feared 300 would resemble Sin City in its ridiculously over the top displays of brutality. Anyone remember the scene where a man had his testicles pulled off in Sin City? Yeah, that’s when I decided that movie was not for me.
Not to worry, friends, while 300 was very vicious, the violence, like everything else in the movie, was so hyper-stylized that it at no point even resembled reality. I think that was a good call on the makers’ part.
Hyper-stylized-that’s how I would describe this film. Truly a joy to watch. Some people are complaining that its too testosterone-fueled, there’s too much yelling, too much machismo, but you want to know what I think? When done in such an interesting manner, I see nothing wrong with those things every once in a while. I mean, if you’re going to see an action movie, don’t you want action? Don’t you want fervor? I do. I was so in the moment, I didn’t even notice all the yelling. To me that means it must have fit perfectly within the scenes.
The director of 300 is supposedly in line to direct the film version of Watchmen. Let me just say that if he does half as good a job on Watchmen as he did with 300, I’ll be very happy indeed.
My only question is, where did those warriors in ancient Sparta get all the ab-rollers? Seriously, every dude in this movie had a sixteen-pack for a stomach.