Director: Zack Snyder
That’s the trouble with setting the bar too high. At best it you expectations can merely be met, but more often than not, you’re left with something that, passable on it’s own merits, just cant compete with movies that have set expectations to new levels.
Why would the bar be set so high for this movie? Four words: Written by Frank Miller. The same man that brought us the breakthrough Sin City also penned the graphic novel on which this epic battle movie is based.
Yes there are lots of slow motion hack and slash with swords, spears and shields flying every which way in relentless battle scenes that are definitely worth the price of admission, if that’s your cup of tea. However, those looking for historical accuracy will no doubt be weeping openly at the appalling lack of what we know to be facts. The story of the Battle of Thermopylae is true, where 300 Spartans stood up to a vast army. However, that is about where the accuracy stops as the film instead opts to remain closer to Frank Miller’s graphic novel which explains the downright staggering use of CGI effects. It’s too bad, since the real story is just as impressive and when you’re learning, it takes some of the guilt away from enjoying almost two hours of badass battle violence.
There is lots of beefcake, bloody battles and SPARTIANS!YELLING!
It didn’t do anything new but it certainly did it well enough to
go nicely with a bucket of popped corn.