This upcoming film about Leonidas and the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae should be pretty good. The previews make it look like one of those 'sword and sandal' epics of the 1960's. I wonder if it will be better than "The 300 Spartans", that actual 1960's film version of the event?
thats what is wrong with movies today. they cant just make a correct historical drama. they have to rely on CGI effects, greenscreens, and unrealistic items to catch peoples attention. when was the last time a good and historically accurate movie came out about this time period? i hate movies these days. you just cant beat the old ones with heston, wayne, burton and stewart among others. thank god for netflix!
"I'll leave this rule for when I'm dead-- be always sure you're right, then go ahead."-David Crockett
UGGGGH! I did see some 'monsters' in one of the trailers for "300". One reviewer even called them "creatures right out of THE LORD OF THE RINGS." I guess if anyone does go to see this fim, they should merely look upon it as a graphic comic flight of fancy, and nothing more. Too bad, because for some people (kids especially) it will be their only exposure to Leonidas and his 300 Spartans.
Well, it was pretty much like I'd expected it would be. I went to see 300 yesterday at a matinee screening. Hey, it was the only film showing when I arrived at the theater, okay? There was quite a queue of people waiting to get in to see it---mostly teens.
Yeah, it's pretty much a video game with just a hint of story---or history. There are leprous wizards, hunchbacks and ogres to spare, plus all, the beheadings and gore that any normal kid might demand.
Leoniads, king of Sparta is the good guy. This must be completely understood beforehand, or else you might never know it. When messengers arrive from Xeres of Persia, demanding the surrender of Sparta, good king Leonidas has them all pushed down a well. Now, would William Barret Travis have done that?
There is some gratuitous sex thrown in, just to let you know that Leonidas is all man. But then he sacrifices one of Sparta's adolescent girls up to the whim of the five leprous wizards. What a guy.
Leonidas and the boys head off to Hells Gate on a little stroll to meet the million man march of Xeres' hordes. We never get to see how Leonidas carefully chose the 300. No, they're just there to kick some Persian butt and then die.
There's no real character development at all in the film. We know that Xeres is the bad guy because he has slaves and whips them. But as to Leonidas and the Spartans? Nada is known. When a character you really love dies in a film, it is a gripping, tense, moving moment. You really feel the sense of loss. When the Spartans fall, it's just like wartching a video game and wondering who made the most points.
300 probably made more in it's opening day than THE ALAMO (2004) did during its entire run. But it evokes no emotional tug at the heartstrings like THE ALAMO does. The battle scenes are not as good as THE ALAMO, no not even as good as BRAVEHEART, KING ARTHUR, or even TROY. Yet 300 will doubtless be 'remembered' by the audience of video game lovers long after it leaves the theater.
Each time I view THE ALAMO (2004), it seems all the greater afterwards. I saw it 11 times in the theater and probably at least a dozen times on video. As to 300? I will never see it again.
Last Edit: Mar 10, 2007 13:39:24 GMT -5 by neferetus
Here's a couple of similarities between THE ALAMO (2004) and 300. In both films, the council bickers, while our heroes fight for their lives. In both films, there is a coin of tribute. While the one in THE ALAMO bears the likeness of Santa Anna, the one in 300 bears the likeness of Xerxes.
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