Movie Review : 300 – Rise of an Empire

 

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Way back in 2006, the world was treated to a modern re-telling of the ancient Greek tale of the Battle of Thermopylae. It is a story of such heroism that their names echo down through time. We had CGI enhanced men…..lots and lots of men….abs crunched to eye watering perfection …. little leather outfits hanging from swaggering hips….lots of blood and swords and yelling and………..oh my! And at the helm, their  Scottish Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler).

Having defeated the Spartans, the Persian forces head towards the city of Athens. Aussie Greek general Themistocles (Stapleton), after trying in vain to unite the Greek states, leads the Greek forces in a naval battle against the King/God Xerxes (Santoro) and the fantastically evil and ruthless Artemisia (Green).

The Greeks are, as usual, outnumbered but the cunning and guile of their General ensures they are not easy prey for the invading Persians. It is nautical and tactical warfare at its best. Sure I dont know anything about nautical or tactical warfare but I do watch a lot of History channel documentaries ….and so I know this is impressive stuff.

Themistocles is as much a great orator and motivator as he is a tactician. He stirs the men’s honour and so they dont see overwhelming odds, they see pride and courage in their actions.

At the helm of the invading Persian navy is the so evil it hurts Artemisia. She adored the dead King Darius (Naor) and is full of hatred and vengeance. But she is a General and when Themistocles wins their first battle, she concedes he is smarter than she anticipated. I found this particularly refreshing……here was a strong, female leader who also had the grace and acumen to admire her enemy’s wins.

Nice.

300: BATTLE OF ARTEMESIUM

So the battle rages and what we saw in 2006, so we see in 2014. Clearly the idea was if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And well…..sometimes things that are not broken should not be tampered with. Hmmmm

I thought this movie was great for what it was. See, I do not watch the 300 movies as a substitute history lesson….. nor do I think that I will be pondering their deeper meaning for days to come. I don’t watch for the great acting or the intricate costuming (the wardrobe people on these movies must have the cushiest jobs ever…..seriously LOL). No I go to perve and be mindlessly entertained for 100 minutes or so.

Based on a graphic novel, it’s easy to see the story’s visual influence. The special effects are amazing, the acting is solid, the colour draining is spot on, the accents are ummm adequate 😛

This movie is full of men yet it’s the stunning Miss Green who steals the show. And do not let anyone tell you any different. She is over the top, high camp, wide eyed perfection. She gets to wear fabulous bordering on dominatrix outfits…. she gets to beat all the boys at the own game…… she gets to play a made up person……. so what does she have to lose? Not a damn thing. Eva plays this part with the same energy as her Dark Shadows witch Angelique. Mind blowingly brilliant and a true feminist!

Fantastic!!!

The original was a surprise hit and no doubt this one will be too. Some are commenting that it was an unnecessary sequel.  And what exactly is your point? Chocolate is unnecessary too but we still love it. Okay so that link is tenuous at best but I’ve made my point 😉

This is for 300 fans, graphic novel fans, fans of hot, buff men running around in very little clothing brandishing their great big swords. It’s mindless fluff and for this…I say thank you 😛

Love Flick xx

 

Director :   Noam Murro

Starring :  Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O’Connell, Andrew Tiernan, Igal Naor, Andrew Pleavin, Gerard Butler

Running Time :  102 minutes

Release Date :  6 March, 2014

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