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I already posted this on another forum, but it's appropriate here. I'd like to not get into historical arguments about eh persians vs spartans, etc...it's just a bloody film review from my perspective...I watched in BD, but assume it's identical in HD DVD.
Ok, first the positives:
Next popular gripe is the "grain"...let me tell you, for ME, it was great. I think a stroke of brilliance. It is very fine, and works very well with the rest of the way the film is shot and delivered to you. I suspect it was helpful in hiding some of the CGI effects as well This film just wouldn't have looked right if it was a big colorful, razor sharp movie.
Picture is fantastic. Don't let the grain throw you...you can see right through it to what is a brilliantly sharp and constrasty image. The pallette is somewhat muted, with the exception of certain oversaturated colors. It works. Both in terms of "the film" as well as a film take on a comic book...certain scenes have a look like they were right from the printed page, and thats a tribute to how well the vision was realized (IMHO...I'm guessing this was his vision).
Audio is very good. -snip- Clear dialogue, nice effects, some nice surround effects.
Now the negatives:
This is pretty much a B movie in my book...beautiful cinematography? Well, not really...nice scenes, but pretty much all CG. Costumes? Appropriate, but simple. Nothing to blow you away with there. Dialogue? Yeah, it's pretty bad. Some inspiring one liners ( you did see the commercials/trailers for the movie, right?). Some cheese as well. It's a pet peeve of mine to have the "buddies" throw cheesy lines at one another when they are in the middle of some huge fight where they are the underdogs. "You're still here?" "Sorry to ruin your day!" That kind of crap. Not much here, but once is too much. Overall, this isn't a movie that is really about dialogue.
With one exception, there is no character development at all. Zero. And when something bad happens to a completely undeveloped character, we are supposed to give a hoot? I don't think so. This isn't a movie about character development.
What this is is a movie about action...and in that respect...it's fairly average. The fight scenes are pretty boring, and I'm not sure that the 300 were so tough or if everybody else just sucked. The enemy don't fight *at all*. And the blood that was cool in the trailer, just gets old after a while.
And while I know the movie isn't supposed to be a documentary, or be really much more than a fictional movie based on a comic book, I still can't get over flaws within the fictional boundaries set by the movie. Shields that sometimes act like they are made of iron, yet falling arrows pierce it? Tough enemies that don't fight, at all...Others who fight so well one minute, but not the next?
Then there are imperfections in the movie, like snow blowing on the ground that looks like cotton...because it probably is. Or a man wincing before he gets slapped, because (take fourteen...ACTION!) he knows it's coming. Generally, the acting is not...top notch. Though not the bottom of the barrel either.
So you probably think I didn't like 300. Well...I actually did. For me, this is a movie that is greater than the sum of it's parts. It's a fun movie to watch...once at least. Oh, andwhile it will be fun for the guys, I don't think the ladies will be in love with it...popcorn film, not too long...not too bad, some cool moments.
My rating...a very appropriate..."B"
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