A and A's Movie A Day

Watching movies until we run out.

Movie 19 – 300

300 – March 19, 2010

Ahh, the long-anticipated 300. Or well, the long put-off 300. This week hasn’t gone precisely as planned, has it. I might just give up on trying to announce what we’re doing next. As you might have noticed, Andy went through and made a list of pretty much every DVD we own (probably missing a few that aren’t sitting with their fellows on the shelves and in the stacks) and we have just over 400 DVDs. And we’ll be buying more. Because that’s what we do. So, yeah. Worrying about what to watch next when it’s not part of a series or set? Not so important at this point I guess.

So on to the movie. We saw this in the theaters originally and I remember quite enjoying it. It really belongs on a big screen. The visuals are so stylized that it’s hard for me to see it as anything but the comic book it’s based on. It feels to me like a cross between Sin City and Julie Taymor’s Titus. Only with more bare chests and Gerard Butler and his gigantic beard.

To be perfectly honest, I’m not watching this movie for the plot or the dialogue. Obviously, the story isn’t going to be historically accurate, and the dialogue isn’t full of brilliantly quotable lines – aside from the THIS IS SPARTAAAAAAA! meme. Granted, I do enjoy the storytelling aspect of it, but then, I enjoy telling stories. It’s kind of an important part of my job. So I like that the movie is really all a tale being told. Something that’s in the past and being shared with others. It helps with the style of the visuals and the incredibly over-the-top aspects of it. Which would be about 99% of the movie. But really? I watch for the visuals. I watch this movie to watch it. It’s not pretty, but it is beautiful in ways. It’s a stunning piece of moving picture art.

I know I watched the commentary. I remember vague bits and pieces. But again, if I’m going to be honest? I don’t remember all that much about what was said. I just get so caught up in the pictures on the screen. And with a movie based on a comic book/graphic novel? That’s really fucking important. Graphic novels are supposed to be highly visual media. So it follows that a movie should capture that. And this one does.

I could complain about historical inaccuracies or the shoehorned in Gorgo subplot or Gerard Butler’s accent, which makes me wonder if Leonides is supposed to sound vaguely Scottish or not, or the fact that Gerard Butler was good in this (aside from the accent) and has since made me want to do nothing more than kick him in the nads, but seriously, I can’t get over the picture on my tv. It’s mesmerizing.

I have no idea what we’re watching next. We’ll figure it out tomorrow.

March 19, 2010 - Posted by | daily reviews | , ,


  1. I “watch this movie to watch it” too. 300 and Sin City are two of the most beautiful comic book adaptations I’ve seen (not that I’ve seen hundreds or anything), and really I find them to be rather beautiful movies as well.

    Comment by Trisha | March 20, 2010 | Reply

    • They really are beautiful adaptations. I’ve seen a lot of book-into-movie adaptations (we’ll review Trainspotting eventually and I’ll get to talk all about that) and a lot of superhero movies based on comic book franchises, but those seem to be entirely different creatures from 300 and Sin City.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the reviews!

      Comment by ajmovies | March 20, 2010 | Reply

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