300, the epic movie based on Frank Miller's (Sin City) epic graphic novel of the same name, hits theaters this weekend! Get psyched and not just because Paulo from Lost is in the cast, but because this highly stylized retelling of the battle of Thermopylae may be the most exciting history flick of the year, and because it is following in the wildly popular footsteps of movies like Sin City and V for Vendetta.
For those of you who need a quick history update to better understand the movie it goes like this:
"In the ancient Battle of Thermopylae, King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy. " from Yahoo! Movies
I am excited to see this film because it meets all my man needs in sitting, and to make things sweeter the "critics" even seem to like it:
Director Zack Snyder, the man responsible for a superlative remake of George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, adapts Frank Miller's graphic novel with passion and creativity, proving that classical storytelling will never go out of style
a blustery, bombastic, visually arresting account of the Battle of Thermopylae as channeled through the rabid imagination of graphic novelist Frank Miller.
Snyder perfectly captures the look and feel of Miller's original work with a movie that is fun, exciting and sick without ever losing sight of the story or characters. If you're into movies like "Braveheart" and "Gladiator," this one stands amongst them
However even in all this positively rapturous hype the New York Times has found a way to try and draw a political correlation between a two thousand plus year old story and current world events; despite the fact that the author and director have both out right said there was none to be had... whatever go see 300 and enjoy yourself.