‘300’ reasons to see Miller’s movie
|Posted March 16, 2007|
Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, “300,” directed by Zack Snider, retells the story of the outnumbered elite Spartan soldiers, led by King Leonidas, who stood up against the massive Persian army, led by King Xerxes.
Dilios, a Spartan soldier who also narrates the story, begins by retelling the story of how Leonidas came to be such a great king and soldier.
A young version of Leonidas, played by Gerard Butler, proves to be a competitive soldier when he kills a wolf-like-creature. As the young boy grows into manhood, so do his skills.
The king’s competitiveness is put to the test when a messenger from Persia asks Leonidas for “earth and water.” In other words, to surrender his Spartan city to King Xerxes or put up a battle.
As the dominantly-proud man Leonidas is, he refuses the messengers’ proposal and kills him by pushing him into a well.
The king calls forth the finest soldiers of Sparta to lead his army to fight against the Persians.
Leonidas pays a visit to the Oracle and her four wise men and asks about engaging war. When the Oracle speaks, she advises Leonidas not to enter battle. Again Leonidas refuses the proposal.
He prepares for battle, even though it means going against the Oracle and Spartan law.
Upon entering battle, Leonidas and his 300 men unite forces with Arcadian soldiers. Together they successfully hold off the Persian army until the rest of the Spartan soldiers arrived.
Although the film does not accurately account the historical story of the Battle of Thermopylae, it does provide special effects that make up for it.
The film brings Miller’s comic series to life. The many opponents of Spartans are created with great imagination, from elephants and rhinos to giant-disfigured soldiers and crab-claw men.
The battle scenes featured in the film move in a slow motion manner as if the audience were flipping through the comic book itself.
This effect not only makes the facial expressions of the Spartan soldiers vivid, but it also makes the audience feel as though they could reach into the screen and feel the bloodshed and pain throughout the movie with their fingertips.
The lighting and shadowing of the film are very much like “Sin City,” another graphic novel based on Miller’s work. The half shadowed scenes appear with much frequency.
The film also does well in adapting the 480 B.C apparel.
There is something flashy for everyone. The soldiers are covered only with a small garment, showing off those hard working bodies, while the women are dressed in goddess like clothing that outline the curves of their lean bodies.
Finally the film provides a unique approach in telling the Spartan story.
The experienced Spartan soldier Dilios, played by David Wenham, narrates the entire film – further adding to the comic-like effect.
Whether you are a Spartan fanatic or you just want to get a sneak peak of what battle was like in an elite army, “300” does not disappoint. One thing is certain; it tells the story of a few good men who outnumbered thousands.
Priscilla Segura can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.