Posted by Geoff April 17, 2007

I meant to post this last week but never got round to it after I went to see 300 over the bank holiday weekend.

I was disappointed - the whole thing seemed like a bit of a cop out. Sure, they stuck to the book, lifted the narration by Dilios on his return and it did what it said on the tin - looked good, violence, blood and OTT action scenes.

But it just didn't sit well. Yes, the whole thing is quite clearly set out as an exaggerated retelling by Dilios, so of course there are ten million Persians, and of course they're orc-like monsters and decadent foreigners while the Spartans are buff hardcases. It never pretended to be Braveheart.

But, there's the rub. It ends up being neither one thing or another. It's not a fantasy tale. They managed to fuck up an amazing tale by portraying almost the opposite of what actually happened - not giving a history lesson here but if you want to know, read the greek texts. If it was just roughly based on that tale but was blatently fantasy that would be alright... but it was trapped between real and unreal which kinda pissed me off.

I mean, come on, Xerxes honestly looked like Dennis Rodman on an off day? Please.


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