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Saturday, March 10, 2007

You Should See 300


We saw 300 last night. We'd recommend you go see it as well. It's definitely got the feel of a comic book movie, but it's much more Sin City (also Frank Miller) than Superman Returns. It's ridiculously violent, but not repulsively so. The story works well enough, only getting mired down with pesky monologues near the end of the film (seriously, it's almost like it was adapted from a play at that point). But it's still a must-see.

A few months back we posted about Rize, the documentary by David LaChappele on the krumping dance phenomenon. While the pacing of that film left something to be desired, the actual dance footage was beatifully shot, with oversaturated colors, adjustments to camera speed and an overall sheen that drew you in. 300 uses a similar mechanic for the fight scenes, with adjustments to color (desaturated this time) and film speed working to enhance the overall effect. People often say about these movies that it feels like a comic book come to life, but those words aren't mere cliché here. Momentary freezes remind you of a comic frame, but that moment is fleeting, a cinematic homage to the source material.

We didn't have the internal hype for this movie that we could have, but having seen the film, our hype-meter is at a maximum. Go see this film. You can even one-up the Cinerama experience and catch this at IMAX (we'd recommend it - the bigger the screen the better).

Agree with us? Think we're full of it (regarding this movie, not our personal life)? Leave us a comment.

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3 Comments:

  • I saw it last night at the Cinerama. Amazing!

    By Blogger Joe Goldberg, at 11:19 AM  

  • I loved it too. Even the things that weren't in the comic book were comic-booky.

    I guess they couldn't have actually made the Spartan men as scruffy and naked though ;)

    By Blogger Laurel, at 10:57 PM  

  • I saw it at the Cinerama (should've Imaxed it), and liked it well enough. I mean, it was pretty and all.
    Well, off to SF and Booka (maybe Justice on Sat.)
    Then when I come back, Heather, Tejada, Vibert, and Jacob London!! Yippie! Reasons to go out again!!!! Hope to see you on the dancefloor.

    By Blogger jeremy, at 7:18 AM  

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