Went to see 300 this weekend with friends. Movie is not for the squeamish or the faint of heart. Think Troy minus the love story or Kingdom of Heaven minus believability. What 300 offers you is a cinematic experience. A fantasy. Albeit a historically incorrect one. One can only stand in awe and marvel at the cinematography. I loved the black and white feel to the colored movie, I loved how the action sequences were filmed, I loved the effects of slowing down everything as you saw blood splatter (unrealistically) but for enhanced effect. The actors physiques were probably graphically enhanced, nobody is in this shape. Plus I’m impressed with what they did in terms of CGI and effects given that the whole movie was shot against a blue screen.

Putting aside that, the story itself leaves a lot to be desired. There hardly is a plot or dialogue worthy of mention. There was more politics involved in the making of this movie then there should have been. The whole West is righteous and East (Persians) are blasphemous monsters who don’t fight fair and are worthless warriors. USA is sending out a message to Iran. Only the message in the movie doesn’t mirror the reality. So I’m not sure what they hope to achieve.

For a well thought out review of the movie, click here.

If you are into politics or visuals go see it, else just go see “Music and Lyrics”, my friends claim it was a good 2 hours.


21 thoughts on “300

  1. Hey! So you saw it, i’ve been obsessing about it for too long this movie, and it’s documented ๐Ÿ™‚
    Maybe the U.S is sending a message out but bear in mind that the movie was in the making for over two years now, and it’s based on a Frank Miller graphic novel which was written ages ago and he admits that it was a fantasy take on the historic battle. The thing is..it the persians were the British empire of their times and alot of nations had suffered under their rule, this is historically accurate, people are only taking sides because of the things happening now i guess.

  2. Ra3d: Let me know what you think ๐Ÿ™‚

    Salman: Yeah, that much is true, but then they neglect to tell you that the Persians actually won that battle ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. i can’t imagine myself watching this movie, but everyone is just talking about it. I heard that there are only 10 real actors, all others are just graphics!
    mmm i will put it on my list ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for mentioning it.

  4. Nousha: I guess it’s worth seeing at least once in a theater where you can get the full effect of the imagery.

    Mak: Don’t you just love wikipedia ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I don’t know about the whole theory of the US sending out a message to Iran , the movie is based on a graphic novel written originally in 1998 and is also a remake of a movie made in 1962 . Also, most Americans don’t even realize that Persians have anything to do with present day Iranians. Granted that Frank Miller (the original writer) is a Republican but he’s also into bloody , gory , over the top ,hyper-masculine stories (see Sin CIty), so I think people are looking a little bit too deeply into this. Of course it’s historically inaccurate but so was a movie like Braveheart for example. Besides the fact that anyone who goes to the movies expecting a history lesson should be banged on the head a few times.

  6. Aside from all the historical inaccuracy (Frank Miller himself admits he gave it a mythical touch, with oracles, beasts and disfigured creatures) To me 300 was a symbol of a stand against tyranny in all it’s forms, a message of freedom and how sacrifices must be made for it’s sake. The setting might be treading on a rocky ground due to current events but still ..tyranny is tyranny.
    You can even take all this the other way round, as Persia back then was the most powerful nation in the world, which is the equivalent of our modern day U.S…just a thought ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I haven’t seen it yet, everyone who has says.. its a ‘plot wanna-be’ but has amazing effects. I wonder if I will go and see it!

    P.S. I’m getting addicted to your blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Salmano: Look who should have been a Political Science Minor. I love that interpretation ๐Ÿ™‚ You so would have kicked ass at our faculty. Yet still, given current events on the global arena, one can’t help but wonder why now? Why Persia? Why neglect to mention that they lost at the end?

    Deee: Ahem, that is so sweet you have me speechless !!

  9. I totally agree with ya Juka, The cinematography were awesome… the blood-splashing scenes were awesome..
    I have seen the behind the scenes footage & it is phenomenal.. and most of the actors had such physique … that’s one reason I went to see this movie though

    On the other hand, I do adore your review begad

  10. Hi , I have just dropped by your blog11 Nice one you have got out there. Very subjective, however.

    Actually i think that film 300 has come out just in time. We need to wake up and realize that terrible enemy masquaraded as a friend, and who is sneekishly gaining grouds everyday in our region

  11. AAB: Fe3lan!! Tab is there anything worth seeing.

    Amre: Thanks, but of course it’s subjective. I’ts a PERSONAL blog. What did you expect?!!

  12. There were certain sentences in the script that were heading directly to Iran, I don’t think a professional script writer would write them this way.

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