Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Vincent Regan, David Wenham
I’m not sure whether, as a girl, I’m in the minority for enjoying this film. Sure, I know girls who have enjoyed the film but not many who would call it a favourite.
Simply put, 300 is not for everyone.
The usual complaints: It’s very violent / it’s not historically accurate.
Well, yes, it is violent but it is a 15 and did you honestly expect that it wouldn’t be? It is after all a retelling of an epic David vs. Goliath-style battle and so, naturally, there is going to be big action sequences and characters are going to be killed.
The film is adapted from Frank Miller’s graphic novel and was shot using bluescreen technology to recreate the comic book feel. It is because of this that I don’t find 300 overtly violent. Let me explain it in another way, the blood isn’t ketchup red, it’s a very stylised maroon. Individual fights are extremely stylised – they’re slowed down and in some cases you can just about see the character’s abs rippling… *hot flush coming on*
Again, because it is adapted from Miller’s graphic novel I excuse its historical inaccuracies. Miller did do his homework and he did a good enough job for me. Zack Syder reportedly said in a BBC interview that 300 is, at its core, a fantasy film and that the film’s narrator, Dilios, is “a guy who knows how not to wreck a good story with truth”.
Take it as it is: a stylised testosterone-fulled battle with a fantastic soundtrack.
Image from legofenris‘s photostream.