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Movie Review: 300

Posted on August 22, 2007

300300, an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name by Frank Miller, was one heck of a movie. I’ll admit when I originally saw the trailers I figured this movie was going to be completely over the top and cheesy while being also being very visually stunning. At least I got the second half right…

Director Zack Snyder certainly created a visual masterpiece that is worthy of much acclaim. The style and coloring/lighting was very impressive and effectively added to the mood of each scene. Honestly, it is hard to describe the visual nature of this film. It is simply one you have to see. That said, the visuals weren’t the only enjoyable thing in the movie. The story was also well laid out.

The story of 300 is based on the true story of the Battle of Thermopylae that took place in the month of August in 480 B.C. In the battle a group of 300 Spartans lead by King Leonidas along with some other small groups from other Greek city states held off a Persian army of over one million. The Persians were invading Greece with the intent to enslave the people of Greece and claim the Greek lands for the Persian Empire.

The 300 Spartans and others were able to defend against such a large army by being well trained, well prepared and by using the terrain to gain an advantage. The terrain based advantage they employed took the form of blocking the Thermopylae Pass, a road that sat between two large cliffs, which was the only route King Xerxes and his army could take to get to all of the Greek cities.

Although the 300 eventually fell their bravery and valor lived on and became known throughout Greece. In fact the story of the 300 was what no doubt inspired the rest of Greece to stand up and defeat the Persians. In fact, in the months after the Battle of Thermopylae the Greek city states really began to come together and fight as one which had never before been the case.

I find it interesting but not surprising that some have chastised the film for it’s historical inaccuracies. However, I am not sure that should be an argument against the film. In fact, I don’t think the filmmakers ever intended the movie to be be taken as historical fact. They simply wanted to blend the story of the 300 into a entertaining film and I think they did that very well.

The bottom line is if you’re looking for a movie with a great story and some outstanding visuals than 300 won’t disappoint. However, be prepared for the battle scenes. The film is rated R after all but I thought that even the battle scenes were done in a very artistic way and aren’t simply gory and bloody.

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3 Comments so far
  1. Jesse Thomas August 23, 2007 1:22 pm

    I loved 300. I thought that the hunchbacks movements and costume didn’t feel right.. something about watching him in that Persian seduction scene that doesn’t work for me. on lots of levels.

  2. Eric Olson August 23, 2007 2:30 pm


  3. Aakash September 2, 2007 6:42 pm

    I was told good things about this film… I was also told that “it is very pro-war,” however.

    I wish I had seen it, in the theater. One thing I like to do, when going to the movies, is get the popcorn… Here in Springfield, they offer free refills on all purchases of popcorn and soda. However, I was told that this film was incredibly gory… but that the first half hour was not that bad.

    It’s too late to see it in the theater now… though I just realized that now would be a good time for me to get it on DVD; I saw a recent Facebook ‘Note’ from this guy, about how he was excited to have found his DVD of 300…) the other day, I was hardly able to eat anything, due to mouth pain, so maybe this would be a good time to see graphic films… But that has mostly passed by now.

    And, while I am anti-war (and a conservative!), I am thinking that I might like this film, based on what I have heard. Then again, for a movie like this, seeing it may be the only way to know for sure.

    Thank you for your review and thoughts, about this intriguing film.