300: Celebration of Cinema

10 03 2007

300 was everything I thought it would be: brutal, grostesque, ruthless. You don’t go to see a movie like 300 for the intricate plot or story line. You see a movie like 300 for the violent battle scenes. The Spartan world was very different than the world today. For one, it was much simpler. When it came down to it, people fought, and they fought face to face, and they fought without mercy or sympathy. This is exactly what 300 captures: the fact that back then, men were dedicated to their homeland and they would do anything to defend it. Obviously, 300 was probably more accentuated than the actual Battle of Thermopylae, but the movie does a great job of showcasing the primal and hardened nature of the Spartan warrior culture.

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The fight scenes in 300 are amazing. It can’t be described as anything else than as Gladiator meets The Matrix. The fighting is very primitive and personal, and the way the film is edited and the effects that are used make it very inrtricate and extremely close. Alot of the battles are shown in slow motion for some of the time and it looks absolutely insane to see one Spartan take off one Persian’s leg, slash another’s throat, and then body a third with his massive shield. It really does alot for the film and gives you an idea just of how fearless and insane the Spartans may have been.

The story line behind 300 isn’t as bad as some critics are making out to be but maybe that isn’t their fault. A lot of movie critics are much older than the target audience for this film and I think that the right opinions are not getting directed to the people who care about this film. 300 is essentially a movie that was morphed out of a comic book with video game-like aspects incorporated into it. Obviously this doesn’t appeal to a fourty year old man, but to a guy anywhere between the ages of 13 and 30, this movie is everything that we grew up with.

300 is a pretty damn motivating film. Like I anticipated, it wanted to make me either enlist or start training for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The way that the 300 Spartans come together, fight for each other, and just portray a completely badass and fearless attitude made me wish I had been taken away from my parents at age 7 and forced to beat the hell out of other kids my age to become one of the most feared warriors in the entire world.

Overall, 300 is an amazingly well done giant battle scene. Do not go into the theatre expecting to see a highly intellectual and historically accurate movie. This movie is anything but that. 300 is primitive, ruthless, and brutal in nature; exactly what the Spartan culture has been portrayed as in every single history class anyone has ever taken.

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7 responses

10 03 2007
CajoleJuice

I don’t even know what is left to say. It was everything I expected. It rocked my face.

10 03 2007
h0pper

lol, yeah it was pretty baller

10 03 2007
Gladiator + The Matrix = 300 « The Somewhat Manly Nerd

[…] most likely already decided whether or not to see this movie. Plus, Chris has already written his review, and I agree on pretty much all points. (Obviously on the Matrix + Gladiator part.) Then you might […]

11 03 2007
leila

THAT WAS A GREAT FAKE!!!!ARE PERSIANS LOOK LIKE THAT???? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE READ SOME HISTORY BOOKS ABOUT ANCIENT PERSIA AND SEE THEIR LOOK AND CLOTHES AND GLORIOUS HISTORIES!!!! THEN NAME THIS FILM AWESOME???!!!DID THEY FORGET TO READ SOME HISTORICAL BOOKS??? DID THEY DENY THE GREAT EMPIRE OF PERSIA AND CIRUS THE GREAT?? DARIUS THE GREAT AND XEROXES THE GREAT???? THEY WANTED PEACE FOR ALL THE WORLD!!!! SHAME ON WARNER BROS!!!! BIG BIG LIARS??!!

11 03 2007
h0pper

First of all, stop typing in all caps. Second, the movie is adapted from a comic book, obviously it isn’t supposed to be 100% accurate. Do you know what Persians looked like back then? I doubt it, unless you have a time machine. They could’ve had people from all over the world fighting in their armies. 300 is a movie, not a documentary.

18 07 2007
Keivan

100% accurate?!!! its all fucking crap, first of all “persian” is a freakin race man, Persia means land of aryans, how the fuck our messenger was a BLACK? no offence to african americans but people of a race share some common things such as SKIN COLOR!! second persians are famous of worshipping the unique God and obey the God, but in the movie our king is calling him self “The God of the Gods”?!!! we worshipped the same God that u worship now if u do since 3000 years ago, Piercing has came from africa not persia, the greek kings were gay not ours, so before u or anyone else openning ur big gaps and talk about such things open a history book and u’ll realize that this so-called movie is nothing but a prop-agenda, showing persians savages and ruthless, how do you feel watching a movie about ancient Chinese but the cast are indians!!! dont u feel ANGRY if you are Chinese, and about my friend who they think its a comic movie, you’ll better share your openions with a psycologist cause if you think of a thriller as comedy you really are sick!!! this movie has FORGED FABRIATED and INSULTED one of the greatest nations ever existed, therefore has no value

21 02 2009
Gladiator + The Matrix = 300 | The Somewhat Manly Nerd

[…] most likely already decided whether or not to see this movie. Plus, Chris has already written his review, and I agree on pretty much all points. (Obviously on the Matrix + Gladiator part.) Then you might […]

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