Yes, 300 is based on the Battle of Thermopylae from ancient Sparta, but what must really be understood about this movie is that it is first and foremost based on a comic book (AKA, graphic novel) by Frank Miller. If you’re expecting a docudrama, you’re going to be disappointed. Also, if you’re looking for rich characterizations and probes into the internal motivations of man-vs-man, you should be kicked out of the theater.
It’s a movie. Enjoy it.
Gerard Butler plays the mighty King Leonidas and he, well, is macho as all get-out. Considering the movie was shot in front of a blue screen, the raw power he brings to the screen is even more impressive.
I suppose a number of reviews recap the events of the Battle of Thermopylae to seem astute.
Look it up on Wikipedia.
Visually, this movie was awesome. The sheer magnitude of this battle, no matter what account of history you lean towards, makes it very difficult to visualize what this must have been like. Given the amount of time the entire battle took, it’s certainly not like each event of hand to hand combat took minutes. People were killed by the Spartans very, very quickly and is mass quantities. Some reviews have called the level of violence "video game like." I supposed given the way the odds were stacked up, D Day may have seemed that way to some as well. It’s an absurd notion best left for writers trying to fill a word count requirement.
I can’t imagine a better visualization for this battle. If it seems antiseptic, imagine what it must have been like for the people in the battle.
300 may have been a little thin in story development, but what do you expect? It’s a story about taking action against impossible odds. It’s not a story about talking about taking action against impossible odds.
Lena Headey establishes herself as a world-class hottie as the Queen of Sparta. I couldn’t write this without mentioning that!
300 pulled in over $70 million US in its opening weekend. 2007 has been a lackluster year for movie openings and this is an impressive number in its own right.
I’d go see it again…and it will be in my DVD collection!