Having now seen the movie, on an IMAX screen even, I was reminded of the silliness of some of the reviews. It was almost as if some reviewers were doing their best to one up each other on mashing two "p" terms together, rather than review this as an actual film. The terms in question being, pussy and politically correct (P&P). I had commented on the first example of this in a previous post here.
I was going to do a compilation of these reviews but someone beat me to it. I'll provide an excerpt and encourage reading the rest as it's rather eye opening.
"If 300, the new battle epic based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, had been made in Germany in the mid-1930s, it would be studied today alongside The Eternal Jew as a textbook example of how race-baiting fantasy and nationalist myth can serve as an incitement to total war." -- Dana Stevens, Slate (very first sentence!) (source - thanks to Libertas)
Along with the several P&P reviews listed there, the blogger also includes a positive review which is also the shortest one I've seen yet. Nope, I'm not going to tell you, you have to go see for yourself.
Here's another positive review that was rather fun to read. An excerpt follows.
Loosely based on the Battle of Thermopylae, much of the film was shot digitally in a studio, with the backgrounds and special effects rendered in "Star Wars" fashion. The film has a stylized look that matches what would happen if "The Matrix" had hot, dirty sex with "Clash of the Titans." (source)
So yes, I liked the movie a lot. The review at Libertas pretty much sums up my reasons and it doesn't hurt that the P&P types are all a twitter at the movie as well. For those who would like some of the actual history, Wikipedia has a decent article about the battle at Thermopylae and Victor Davis Hanson has a review from a military historian's perspective.
I plan to see it again, if I can manage it. If the heads of few P&P types may explode, all the more reason.
300 - RAAAAARRR!
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