I’m revisiting some of my favorites.
One of them is ‘The 300′. But it’s a favorite not because it’s a cinematic marvel or ground-breaking in it’s use of green screen and CGI – no way. It’s the mile high cheese factor. It’s awesome because it’s really pretty bad – in a ‘you so gotta love it’ way.
Heavy on melodrama, over the top slow mo action shots, interestingly rigged costumes, and more than a few ridiculous movie creature villains – it’s neither historically accurate or remotely original. Toss in the unique blood-spatters, art nouveau in the form of a tree made of carcasses, and a husband and wife who can’t get enough of each other and it’s a tribute to 1981′s classic Excalibur with the added benefits of CGI.
But I love the movie BECAUSE of all of those reasons. I mean, give me a slow-mo action shot with Mr. Butler in full man diaper and Spartan mohawk helmet any day - I’m there! Oh, and cue to rock opera music for said slow-motion shot too, please!
That said, there was one thing I really DIDN’T like – not even a teensy bit. The scene where the ‘Quasimodo Spartan’ goes in Xerxes tent and is inundated with gratuitous glimpses of ‘sins of the flesh’… Sigh. Well, I suppose that’s what a Fast Forward button is made for??
This is one of those movies you can watch and enjoy for it’s sheer ridiculousness, while still enjoying it. Its a perfect Guilty Pleasure. (This movie is rated R and deserves the rating – fyi!) 3 Stars!