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Good Music, Art, Lighting, Drama - just like the Graphic Novel
on 8 December 2007
Well, 3 Stars, 3 stars for Great Action and entertainment, good special effects and loads of gore.
Cheesy one liners, posturing and just loads of Fun. Great set pieces and drama, I also enjoyed the build up, the story and the climax.
I liked the fighting, the lighting is fantastic as is the art and costume - The movie really is worth watching for that alone, I bought my brother a Blu Ray for his birthday as a showpiece.
This is based on the 300 Graphic Novel, and only loosely based on history, so please don't start believing it.
Minus 2 stars - as I was and have been quite annoyed at the obvious Racism expressed by the original Author of the Graphic Novel, Frank Miller, and this is evident in the Film - The 'East' is seen as uncivilised, brutal, evil, degenerate, weak, cowardly, dishonourable and treacherous, whereas the Spartans - stalwarts of The West are seen as the opposite, idealistic, and noble.
The 'Immortals' as Goblins, The King of Persia as a total weirdo and monsters in The Persian army....oh kay...
But, that's what the Graphic Novel espouses so that is naturally what the Movie does too - so I give the Novel the same marks.
As someone whose ancestors are from the old Persian Empire, I was obviously annoyed at having them all represented as nothing more than spear fodder and scum, but I quickly suppressed these foolish sentiments as it's a FILM and nothing more!
All in all, very good cinema, art direction, music and acting - yes, acting, it is SUPPOSED to be wooden and as much like the Graphic Novel as is possible, and the actors perform what they do splendidly.