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300 quick review; it was ok...I guess

I have a lukewarm view of 300.  It wasn't was fun to watch but not overly exceptional.  And it was different, have to give kudos for that part of it.

The thing was, I didnt care that it really didnt have an intense plot but I just didn't think the action sequences were that exciting or something we haven't seen before.  Except, every sequence used slow animation.

They were trying to be different in a matrix kind of way.  It didn't reach that level.  But it was better than your typical action movie.

If you want to see bad ass action sequences, watch this movie.


- Different kind of movie
- Stylized (like the fact that most of the enemy had on some kind of mask)
- Narration fit well into the movie
- Main actor did a good job, fit into the role

Bad (ignoring any discussion on plot):

- Action wasn't that intense, got boring after a while
- Only one hot woman in the film (actually, 1.5)
- All dark people are bad (they tear up on dark skinned people, may be offensive to some)
- Enemy doesn't really fight back (no Matrix type standoffs)
Permalink Bot Berlin 
March 18th, 2007 1:32pm
Edit to my review: "It was was fun to watch but not overly exceptional"
Permalink Bot Berlin 
March 18th, 2007 1:32pm
And this is kind of how I felt:
Permalink Bot Berlin 
March 18th, 2007 1:39pm
i thought the cinematography was pretty good.  i loved the "old gritty" washed out look.
Permalink Kenny 
March 18th, 2007 5:33pm
While I respect you as a human being Kenny, I'm going to disagree.

I can enjoy black and white movies because I know that b&w film was what they used back then.  Eventually, when HD becomes the norm, I'll probably wonder how I ever managed to enjoy a film before I was able to inspect the actors' faces for blackheads, but I'll still watch and enjoy old, non-HD movies.  Animated and CG movies are what they are and I can enjoy them as such.

Gimmicking up the color balance in a live-action film, cel-shading with an interpolated rotoscope the whole thing (as in A Scanner Darkly), adding weird digital effects to the entire picture, etc., however, make movies unwatchable for me.

It's like drawing "surprised eyebrows" on an actors face and leaving them on throughout the film rather than just having them act excited during the scene in the film where it's appropriate.  Crappy/hacky.
Permalink possibly maybe 
March 18th, 2007 6:51pm
Its really a question of whether what is being done adds to the film experience, or if its being done as a way of distracting you from the lack of real content.
Permalink Billx 
March 19th, 2007 4:43am
Am I the only one that thought it had a pro-Bush bent?

Anyway, it was pretty neat for what it was, which seems to be the concensus on it. 

I was pretty disappointed that the fighting broke out into indestructable action-hero skirmishes, but I don't know why I was surprised.  Watching the Persians throw themselves against the phalanx and dying in waves wouldn't have made good cinema.
Permalink Lurk Machine 
March 19th, 2007 3:15pm
I wish there more monster scenes.  If you are going to include 1/2, you might as well go all out.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
March 19th, 2007 3:19pm

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