Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Movie - 300

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Just watched the movie premier of 300, a film by Zach Snyder, based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller. The graphic novel is losely based on The Battle Thermopylae, in which Spartan King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the last man against Persian King Xerxes and his massive army of one million soldiers.

The movie itself is a close (shot-for-shot) adaptation of the graphic novel, so there should be no complaints from comic readers.

I have not read the graphic novel, but the movie does look like a live-action comic. The movie is basically set in sepia/gold/bronze colour, with the red cape adding the contrast (those who have seen Sin City should be familiar with the style).

The story is simple, the battle scenes are a visual treat, the rock music accompanying the battle scenes was a good combination, and the dialogue is sometimes cliche but tacky, and not hard on the ears.
Overall, I would say that this is a should-see movie.

Note that due to nude scenes, some sexuality and scores of visual carnage (that's how my friend put it), the film has a rating of M18 in Singapore.

Oh, and this was the goodie bag. Nothing worth shouting about.
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