300

(Warning:  This review may get repetitive, but it will only take a few minutes to read.  Take the time to read it, because the movie will get repetitive and it won’t be over so quickly.)

I’m sorry, but this movie is really annoying.  300, the summer blockbuster directed by Zach Snyder adapted from Frank Miller’s graphic novel, is like a dead skunk.  Even though it has no life, it still stinks.  I believe that people should sit through movies in their entirety and not shut them off before they finish.  300 tested my beliefs.  Lets go through three reasons why I was so annoyed at the film and concerned for America because it made so much money.

1) The action scenes are all in slow motion:  Every time something exciting was about to happen, music started and the film went into slow motion.  Don’t get me wrong about slow motion, because it can be used effectively in action sequences (Look at the final bloodbath in Scorsese’s Taxi Driver).  But it really gets old quick when every half minute the film changes speeds and people are being killed in slow motion.  Take a look at Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies and tell me if those action scenes (in regular speed) are a hundred times better than anything in this sorry excuse for filmmaking.

2) The dialogue consists of yelling, more yelling, and more yelling.  Did I mention yelling?:  Sparta’s great King who leads his 300 troops against a far bigger army has only one volume setting on his mouth, and that’s loud.  When the film isn’t running at half speed, we are getting ‘inspirational’ speeches from the King.  It’s not a secret that period piece war films have rousing speeches from leaders before huge battles (Braveheart), but how many times can we watch it in one movie?  Either the King of Sparta thinks that his army is stupid and needs to be reminded that Sparta never gives up and will fight to the death, or the screenwriter(s) think that the audience is dumb and needs to be reminded that Sparta never gives up and will fight to the death.  

3) The subplot with the Queen is even more boring than the action:  Of course there has to be a reason why only 300 men went to war and I’m sure that political reasoning is a major part of it.  However, the problem is explained to us numerous times and the Queen has three or four different encounters throughout the film that are basically the same.  We get it, she loves her husband and will do anything for him (even cheat on him, which should be an entirely different reason to dislike the movie) so that Sparta can get more help fighting the nasty Persian army.  Why do we have to hear it more than once?

I can’t remember the last time I was so annoyed while watching a movie.  Films are supposed to take away our concerns and annoyances, replacing them with entertainment or deep thought for a few hours.  300 does the opposite.  As soon as I finished watching this film I called my friend who recommended it to me and told him that he was completely wrong.  I couldn’t convince him.  Hopefully I can convince you.  DON’T SEE THIS MOVIE!

7 thoughts on “300”

  1. I wouldn’t say people shouldn’t go see this film. As long as there are film critics all films will receive positive and negative press. Cenimaticaly 300 offered the viewing public a visual stimulation that most had not experienced before. As for the story, it was predictable because of movies like, Braveheart, Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, and any other movie with a similar story and script. To say “Don’t see this movie” is to try and force ones own oppinion on a world where we’re all critics.

  2. I hate to say this but this critic seems to be a hater. He compared Snatch to a Tarintino film which is just silly. He doesnt seem to take films for what they are, and did I mention he compares everything to Tarintino (i.e. Kill bill reference).

    300 is a movie about a group of soldiers fighting the persian army. If you don’t want to watch bad ass fight scenes, then don’t. But don’t criticize it for not being like Kill Bill. Besides the killing, these movies ARE NOT SIMILAR nor are they meant to be!!!

    Sorry, that the battle didn’t go on with more clever dialogue in between the fight scenes. In Greek times they just killed each other… and the slow motion parts make Leonidas even more of a “Bad MOTHER FUCKER” (I think Bryan will appreciate the Tarintino reference).

    Long story short, see it if you like action films, and ignore the fact that its not a Tarintino film…cause that’s irrelevant. I hate to hate on a hater but someone has to. (BTW I love Tarintino, and think he is the man, but all movies cant be compared to his…its just careless.)

  3. I would like to say that the reviewer should try watching the movie again and then he should reiterate the review. This movie was a path breaker and was very well directed.The cinematographer left no stones unturned to show what exactly the director wanted to portray.Great fight sequences, awesome performances and tight story line backed up with brilliant animation and an unforgettable background score made this movie a one of its kind of a flick. to my view the rating should atleast be between 4 to 5.

    -Kushagra

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