Directed: Zack Snyder
Starring: Gerard Butler, Vincent Regan
Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller (Sin City) about the Battle of Thermopylae where 300 Spartans fought off thousands in the Persian army to save Greece from Xerces.
For a movie squarely aimed at guys, almost all the guys that were invited to go see the movie, didn't show up. It ended up being me, Amy and Stacy seeing it with Jer. Apparently it is also for women that love violent movies starring scantily-clad buff men. Unlike Troy though, there were no stars in this movie. It was strictly the visuals and story to entertain us. I mostly wanted to see it because it had a great look to it. It was different, but reminiscent of Sin City. There were a few scenes that looked like they came from a comic book panel. I have no idea if they did, but they were staged very well.
I was surprised about how much story the movie had. I had low expectations about it being much more than one fight scene after another, which it did have, and at one point, I was hoping there would be something else besides a fight scene. At that point, it stopped and some strategy came into play, which was more interesting than just stabbing. At times, there was even some light humor thrown in there with two fighter guys saying they were better than the other one. Another point, King Leonidas was talking about how they have some respect for their enemies while walking across tons of his enemy's corpses while chomping on an apple.
I have read about all the "changes" made to history about Xerces, the hunchback, and the very buff Spartans. I didn't mind how much of it was true, and I took what I saw with a grain of salt, but I loved the underdog storyline.
It is a great action movie, with a good, solid story, great acting from people I don't know, and I loved the way it looked. I couldn't tell that the backgrounds were all created and not real. I thought I was in ancient Greece. I'm ready to see it again before I need to be violent. 🙂