Wednesday, March 14, 2007

300... the must see Movie of the Quarter!

March 14, 2007

Prepare for Glory

I watched 300 with Jhann and our friends on the first day of its showing at Greenbelt 3. We were going for the 1030 showing but seats were full even before 8pm. We ended up with a later screening. We got 2nd row seat which isn't bad for Greenbelt cinemas.

300 is an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same title by Frank miller about the Battle of Thermopylae. Spartan King leads an army of 300 Spartans against the Persian army of 1 million led by King Xerxes. Armed only with their spears, swords and their shield, the Spartans use tactics and Spartan skills which all Spartan boys acquire through rigorous training since 7 years old. Warning spoiler: King Leonidas and his men eventually lose against Xerxes but their story inspired the rest of Sparta and Greece to defend their land against the Persian Empire.

Spartans! Enjoy your breakfast for tonight we dine in hell

The film starts with a narration giving it a historical and also a dramatic feel. Deviating from history, the movie includes a fantasy feel with grotesque characters and monsters. In certain scenes the CGI is a little unrealistic (Example the wolf in the earlier part of the scene) but I get the feeling that it was deliberate. The cinematography was the best asset of 300. Scenes are presented like beautiful paintings. As graphic the battle scenes may be, they were not grotesque.

A favorite scene (warning spoiler) : When Theron was at the height of his evil self at the council meet where he accuses Queen Gorgo of adultery, Gorgo grabs a sword and putsit straight to Theron's stomach and whispers to him, "This is not going to be fast." That scene was so fulfilling at couldn't help but exclaim, "You go, biatch!".

Everyone, watch, watch, WATCH this movie. Unless you have a nifty home theater set up, catch it on widescreen to appreciate the picture.

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  1. This! Is! Sparta! --this phrase has been running in my head since i saw 300 and i use any excuse to yell it out loud (sometimes, i don't need an excuse :D). I also loved when Gorgo skewered that bastard. Great blog you got here. Just dropping by.

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