This was a big one for me. A Hard R retelling of the battle of Thermopylae in 480BCâ€¦and away we goâ€¦Persian King (thinks he is a god) Xerxes wants it allâ€¦The king of Sparta sees a problem with thatâ€¦while politicians and religious leaders are paid off to be anti-warâ€¦King Leonidas takes his best 300 father/warriors (too keep the blood lines going) to greet them. The next hour is a lesson in slow motion vivisection that would even shame red lobster on a Friday night. Itâ€™s a tragic taleâ€¦but so is being a dude sometimesâ€¦and this is a dude picture. Boobsâ€¦blood and fighting. Spike TV will have it in the rotation for years to comeâ€¦right alongside Roadhouse. Director Zack Snyder is an up and comerâ€¦He understood the comic book styleâ€¦the gloryâ€¦the sacrifice and the â€œGuyâ€ level the flick needed to be at to be great. While a lot of it was grainy (more likely it was because I went to the excellent Mannâ€™s Chinese theater…and their supurb digital projection showed the flaws) the flat sepia tones made the story feel like it was being told from old faded texts. Very Nice Indeed. And all done in a green screen (blue really) sound stage like Sin Cityâ€¦but unlike Sin City…it had a lot of outside vistas, cliffs and mountains. This film is the one to beat thus farâ€¦. but the whole summer is ahead of us.
My knowledge of this true story varies a little from the film, the traitorâ€™s motives, the lack of armor, the iron shields , unique swords and the invincibles?â€¦but otherwise it gets the essence right: Evil horde wants domination, civilized society doesnâ€™t see it coming, leader gives life for ideals. Societies rally behind the fallen hero. Causing a chain reaction that allows western civilization to surviveâ€¦surprisingly it happened a few times before and after Christ was born…So much for learning from the past.
So why all the hubbub?…well all kinds on reasonsâ€¦The Persians (while never stated as Muslim) are Muslims invading a western civilizationâ€¦and in todayâ€™s climate…that hits a little to close to home. A leader must go around the clueless doves of his society to protect their way of life…again way to close to home. Iran has already called it a propaganda anti Muslim tool of the evil USâ€¦hey how did they get a copy so soon?
Too me ..it fit my politics just fineâ€¦you wanna come to my backyard and not have democracy in your back pocket â€¦its understoodâ€¦.its open season!…I will put my best 300 against your million any day. Now while the politics of the day forced this to happenâ€¦when the fighting startsâ€¦politics fly out the windowâ€¦as it should.
My Movie Pilgrimage – March 15 2007
Arrive Redondo Beach Station: 10:20am
Green Line: 10:31 -10:55
Blue Line: 10:58 – 11:23
Red Line: 11: 28 – 11:44
Arrive at Hollywood Station: 11:44
Hooters Buffalo Plater – 12:30
Mann Chinese â€“ Hollywood – 1:00pm
Arrive at Hollywood Station: 3:10
Red Line: 3:15 – 3:33
Blue Line: 3:40 – 4:03
Green Line: 4:12 – 4:36
Arrive Redondo Beach Station: 4:36