Saturday, March 31, 2007

300 - Film

This has been one of the most hyped films this year (apart from Grindhouse) and I was reluctant to go and see it having heard very mixed reports. It tells the tale of the 300 Spartans who take on the Persion army lead by Xerxes (the Diving King). The Spartans are lead by their King Leonidas (Gerald Butler) who was brought up with traditional Spartan hardships and challenges and who is married to Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey). He leads 300 of his best fighters who all leave behind sons bearing their names (which doesn't count as an army) so as not to violate the laws of the gods, to death and glory and to take as many Persian's as possibe to hell with them.

This is a film you need to see at the cinema to appreciate the scale of it. It is beautifully filmed with stunning visual effects. However, the plot is thin at best and the actors don't really get much of a chance to act (they are too busy pracing around in their pants with their manly chests bared to be bothered with such trivial matters). The other things that bothered me about this film were (a) the portayal as the bad black Persians with their piercings, deformaties and mystical ways and (b) once again Miller can only write woman who are whores (prostitues or waitresses) and cannot be strong in their own right. The best thing about it was David Wenham (Faramir from LOTR) who played the narrator and only Spartan to survive the Persian attack and had a lot more involvement in the story than Leonidas.

Overall **1/2 out of 5 as it left a bitter taste despite the prettiness.