Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Three words for '300'

Totally. Freakin'. Awesome.

I took Larry to see this last night. I'd made plans to go see it Sunday with Wesley before realizing that it was Larry's birthday. So I made a date for us to go yesterday. I think I was more excited about the movie than he was. I'm a Female Oddity in that I hate chick flicks, and there's nothing warm and fuzzy about 300 except one brief moment of paternal introspection from a father who's just lost his son on the battlefield.

Everything in this movie worked for me. The heroes were heroic and the villains were villainous. Is it gory and violent? Oh, yes. But in the context of the story the gore and violence is beautiful. It's an on-screen graphic novel for grown-ups, a pure action movie blissfully free of gratuitous romance.

When the king leaves for battle, his queen doesn't cling to him and cry. Instead, she tells him, "Come back with your shield, or on it."

Oh, yeah.

14 comments:

Andrea said...

"On-screen graphic novel for grownups..." That's a really cool description. Too bad I won't get to see it until it's out on dvd, but then it's probably one of those you have to have in your collection anyway.
I like when you do these movie reviews:)

Morgan said...

It's hard to make a date night when you have a new baby. I think it will be awesome on DVD if you can watch it on a bigger screen TV. I told Larry last night this movie is the first one that made me want to get a high definition TV just to watch it on.
The funny thing about last night that I forgot to put in the post was that on the way to the movie I called my friend Dan at work to taunt him about how I was going to see '300'. We have a playful rivalry about who gets to see the best movies first. Well, I didn't get an answer at the paper and just figured he was out of the office.

When I got to the movie theater he was sitting near the first row. Sort of took the wind out of my sails. On the upside, Larry and I sat with him and his wife and we all got to enjoy the movie together.

CJ said...

We're going to see it this weekend. Our son is pitching a fit because we won't take him to see it but from what I've read it's too adult for a preteen.

Morgan said...

CJ,
No way would I take a kid to see this. Beyond the violence is some pretty heavy sexual content, including a rape scene. Definitely adult content.

Anonymous said...

Oh well. Not being a fan of violent movies, or of leaving the house to see them I'll have to take your word that it was good. And you would cringe at my Netflix picks Morgan. Almost all are romance and drama. What I miss in my life I must watch on television.
God Bless You,
Margaret

Morgan said...

Well, there are exceptions, even for me, Margaret. I really loved both "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility." I just can't stand movies like "Titanic" or those date movies that come out every few weeks. A few weeks ago I watched an old movie called "Ryan's Daughter" that my parents always raved about - it was the story of a young married Irish woman who falls for a British soldier during the UK's occupation of that country.
I don't think a good drama with romance elements is the same thing as a "chick flick."

mitzibel said...

YES!! I can't *believe* the panning this movie is taking from the critics. It's freaking hilarious to read them bitching and moaning about the "excess" of perfectly-chiseled (ahem. . .airbrushed) sweaty half-naked male bodies, when if it were "Attack Of The 300 Nudist Supermodels" they'd say nary a word.

I can't remember the last time I heard a movie theater burst out into spontaneous applause--that happened several times when we saw "300" on Saturday. Jiminy titsmas, but I am excited about this movie!! There were a couple of times I was muttering, "enough schmaltz already, get back to the guts", but I'll forgive them ;)

Oh, and btw---Bethie of Rebel Nun gave birth this afternoon to Jonah Caspian, almost 7 lbs, 18". If you want to congratulate ElBorak, he's about to burst at the seams ;)

Erik said...

I heard it is a good movie but it messes up the history. But it is Hollywood, so I guess that is to be expected. I have mixed feelings about seeing the movie, as I noted in my blog post on in way back when, but the problem may simply be solved by my lack of a paycheck.

Morgan said...

Erik, it's most certainly not historically accurate, but people keep forgetting that it was based on a graphic novel. I love history (recently TiVoed the entire Dark Ages/Barbarian series on the History Channel) but didn't go to see 300 for historical accuracy. I went for the rush that's missing from so many films today, the rush that comes from rooting for the good guys. True, the real life Spartans weren't good guys; they owned slaves and had other "ethical" problems. But for the purposes of an fantasy action movie - even one loosely based on history - the filmmakers did a good job creating incredible heroes and evil villains. King Xerexes was beautiful and power mad, which made him as interesting and attractive as King Leonidis, albeit in a different way.

I guess what I'm saying is that if you go into it expecting historical accuracy you will be disappointed. If you go into it expecting to see a beautifully made action movie depicting brutal combat led by a leader who believes in freedom, you'll love it.

Morgan said...

"I can't remember the last time I heard a movie theater burst out into spontaneous applause--that happened several times when we saw "300" on Saturday."

On the night we went, quite a few people cheered at the queen's revenge. For those who haven't seen it, I won't elaborate, but Mitzibel you know what I'm talking about. :-)

The critics can go bite one. I enjoyed the eye candy. It was nice juxtaposition to the gore.

Awesome news about Beth! I'll hop over to El Borak's and congratulate him right away!

Lord Omar said...

The last time I was at a show and spontaneous applause broke at the ending was 1989's "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure". Yep, it was that good.

Morgan said...

I remember that movie, Lord Omar. Which, of course, makes us both old.
It was funny.

Andrea said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Are you already out celebrating? If you are, lift a pint or two for me, would ya? :)

Anonymous said...

Morgan, where are you? Write something please!
God Bless You,
Margaret