Tuesday, March 20, 2007

300 Prepare for Glory?

300; Prepare for Glory

You can read more about it here:
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0416449/

I saw the posters for 300 sometime back and i was thinking to myself, "Oh yay another Troy/Alexander/Gladiator sort of film". I did not even bother about watching it till i heard almost every single person who watched it tell me that "It was great!" and "i've watched it 3 times and i will watch it again!". And so being the nosy sort of person that i am, i watched it yesterday with my good friend Rajes.

Thinking about the movie now, i only remember HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT bodied men. But i shall not be sooooo shallow *chuckles*.

Fav quote:
Spartan King Leonidas: Remember this day, men, for it will be yours for all time.
: This is where we fight! This is where they die!
: A new age has come, an age of freedom. And all will know that 300 Spartans gave their last breath to defend it.
: We Spartans have descended from Hercules himself. Taught never to retreat, never to surrender. Taught that death in the battlefield is the greatest glory he could achieve in his life. Spartans: the finest soldiers the world has ever known
Queen Goro: Spartan! Come back with your shield or on it.

Queen Goro's speech to the council was moving and good. However, it reminded me of the speeches Brutus and Anthony made after Caesar was killed on the ides of march, during his funeral. Chest thumping speech of how Sparta should help their king in the war he was fighting with only 300 of his finest.

This movie is a graphic representation of a comic book based somewhat loosely on Frank Miller's 1998 comic book mini-series. I have not read the series yet but since this is a movie re-make of a comic book, i give it 4 and a half stars.

Great acting by Lena Headly as Queen Goro. She showed the power of women in a world run by men. The gaze points in this movie were equal for men and women. Male viewers would have enjoyed the nudity scenes of the Oracle Girl and the sex scene with Queen Goro and King Leonidas. Women would have melted by looking at all the hot bodies and bulging 'underwear' of every single Spartan.

As anyone would have noticed, 300, is a one-sided approach to the Battle of Thermopylae, as told by a Spartan who lived the battle and spread the story. It is the classic story of the underdog who battled the superpowers of their time and died an alma mater's death. It showed that even though King Leonidas and his 300 men died, they spurred and inspired the soldiers of the next battle against the Persians. Other Greeks were portrayed as weak and worse off than the Spartans. Persians were portrayed as cocky and egoistical. Asians who fought for the Persians were wierd looking i have to say! I turned around to my friend and said "Asians Rock!, cos we look so grossly wierd. With all the piercings and 'Immortal Men'...COOL!!". And yes i did get the Why-the-f**k-are-you-talking-during-the-movie stares from the guys sitting next to me. What made me wonder was that EVERYONE spoke English and their English all sounded the same, i.e. similar accents of the Spartans, Persians and Chinese! LOL!!

Its a good representation of the comic book, even though the representation of the different groups were emphasized.


I give it 4 and a half HotDogs!!

Watch it if u can!

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2 Comments:

At 11:19 PM, Blogger ed-infinitum said...

"As anyone would have noticed, 300, is a one-sided approach to the Battle of Thermopylae, as told by a Spartan who lived the battle and spread the story."

As are most historical western productions - particularly 'u.s.america'. These attribute and amplify the humanity of the west whilst reducing that of 'others'. No wonder they garner much support, or at least, little resistence, for just about anything they do or promote.

 
At 9:50 PM, Blogger ponga said...

true!! its the western interpretation of the rest of the word!

 

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