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Wow, it seems as if a lot of people like this movie. Anyway, I first saw it last night. I guess I'm a bit late, but I wasn't anticipating it as much as others.

I will say that the cinematography, photography, and visuals were stunning. Since it's derived from a graphic novel, it can't be unexpected that the right camera angles were taken. But you can definitely see how something like this can enhance your movie watching experience when done right. There were some scenes that were over the top visually but also pretty as well. For example, the scene where they are around the fire and you can watch the embers dance in the air like fireflies was exceptionally nice if you took notice to it.

As a movie, I didn't like it. Though the story was okay, there wasn't enough character development for me to actually care about most of the people except for the main character. I guess as a related note, I found that the fighting took over much the screenplay. I'm fine with that, but it did this to a point where much of the subplots were placed in almost as a last thought. In the end, I felt that the movie was overwhelming testosterone driven. It appeals to the most basic desires of men and this is where the main attraction lies.

300 has a redeeming quality in that in a time of our culture there really is no macho hero type. Ever since Terminator 2, there has been a preference for more slick/clever personalities, whether it be James Bond or even to a certain extent, Neo from The Matrix. It is a breath of fresh air to see a movie that does in fact celebrate brute strength and other masculine pursuits.

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saw it again last night. the film is a visual mastpiece. if you guys get the chance to see it again, try to pay attention to all the detail that was put into each shot. great stuff, i'm looking forward to what snyder is gonna do with the watchmen.

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As a movie, I didn't like it. Though the story was okay, there wasn't enough character development for me to actually care about most of the people except for the main character. I guess as a related note, I found that the fighting took over much the screenplay. I'm fine with that, but it did this to a point where much of the subplots were placed in almost as a last thought. In the end, I felt that the movie was overwhelming testosterone driven. It appeals to the most basic desires of men and this is where the main attraction lies.

This sort of thing is actually something I really liked about the film, because it made it more faithful to the genre of war chronicle that the story is derived enough.

Certainly, all the things you said could also be said about The Song of Roland, a medieval war chronicle--the entire story is one long, highly violent (and extremely improbable) fight scene with practically no character development--it's just par for the course for this genre.

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My friend made a comment that saw it with me. She said "The blood isn't even real(well duh, but she meant as in it's not real fake blood) and how it's not all over the ground or anything.

I don't know, I think that was a nice touch instead of making it a splatter fest.

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Seriously guys?

I honestly cannot comprehend why this movie is so well recieved. The dialogue blows, the acting is sub-par (exception: Faramir), the fight scenes were fairly unimpressive, and there was enough slow motion to drive me up a f*cking wall. Worst of all, the good guys weren't actully GOOD guys. Spartans make terrible protaginists. They're just douchebags, that's it. It was absolutley ridiculous that they repeatedly referred to their virtues of "Freedom, Logic, and Reason" because the Spartans (even after Hollywood magic) advocate blind milatant nationalism. I can understand appreciating brutality, but only when backed by characters that aren't flat and one dimensional. If the spartans were even a little bit charasmatic, I could maybe hop on their team, but the first hour of boring, so called "epic" dialogue prevented me from even liking them.

And where is this gore you people speak of? There were only a few decapitations and some eye stabbing. It was alright, but nothing groundbreaking. From all the hype it recieved, I was expecting another "High Tension" but it didn't even come close.

I didn't completely hate it though. To it's credit, the movie picked up about halfway through and the cinematography was downright beautiful. If you can sit through the horrible pace of the first part, you'll probably enjoy it when they start introducing actually interesting characters like the immortals and mr.saws4arms. It was a good movie, but not a great movie. Nowhere close. I'm ok with the fact that I spent 7 bucks to see it, but I wish that I could say more than "Well... that was kind of cool. Oh, and pretty... it was very pretty."

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Seriously guys?

I honestly cannot comprehend why this movie is so well recieved. The dialogue blows, the acting is sub-par (exception: Faramir), the fight scenes were fairly unimpressive, and there was enough slow motion to drive me up a f*cking wall. Worst of all, the good guys weren't actully GOOD guys. Spartans make terrible protaginists. They're just douchebags, that's it. It was absolutley ridiculous that they repeatedly referred to their virtues of "Freedom, Logic, and Reason" because the Spartans (even after Hollywood magic) advocate blind milatant nationalism. I can understand appreciating brutality, but only when backed by characters that aren't flat and one dimensional. If the spartans were even a little bit charasmatic, I could maybe hop on their team, but the first hour of boring, so called "epic" dialogue prevented me from even liking them.

And where is this gore you people speak of? There were only a few decapitations and some eye stabbing. It was alright, but nothing groundbreaking. From all the hype it recieved, I was expecting another "High Tension" but it didn't even come close.

Here's a classic case of someone going to a movie expecting it to be Godfather meets Gladiator meets the Matrix. Here's some advice, don't belive the hype. On anything, 300, Reggie Bush, Final Fantasy XIII, nothing. Nothing will ever live up to your expectations for it, deal with it. This movie was not supposed to be a great epic film for all posterity, it's supposed to be a movie you get together with your friends and watch, then go eat steak and lift wieghts afterwords.

So, because you're obviously not satisfied with your experience, here's some steps you can take to bring it up to the level of my experience.

step 1) get some friends.

step 2) learn how to use a gym.

step 3) renounce your weak vegan ways.

step 4) Watch 300, sit in the 5th row, center seat.

step 5) restrain yourself from overanalysing.

step 6) find a steak house.

step 7) order a 48 oz porterhouse steak.

step 8 ) devour it.

step 9) hit the wieghts.

Repeat ASAP.

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step 1) get some friends.

step 2) learn how to use a gym.

step 3) renounce your weak vegan ways.

step 4) Watch 300, sit in the 5th row, center seat.

step 5) restrain yourself from overanalysing.

step 6) find a steak house.

step 7) order a 48 oz porterhouse steak.

step 8 ) devour it.

step 9) hit the wieghts.

step 10) ???

step 11) PROFIT!

Fixed :wink:

I didn't see the movie yet. I'm not the type to overanalyze movies (unless maybe I like them), so I'll probably enjoy it for the goodness that it has.

(And where was that "profit" thing originally from anyway?)

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The Simpsons, actually. The Gnomes episode.

I saw it a few days ago. Man, I had as much fun laughing and making fun of the absolutely rediculous Persian Empire as I did with all the badass fights and gorgeous visuals. The only scene I thought was pushing it was (oddly enough?) the oracle girl. Just couldn't enjoy it.

Manliest moment? When Leonidas was eating the apple. Oh, I lul'd HARD at that one. What made me laugh harder was that I was the only person laughing. Goes to show that you have to go to 300 looking to enjoy the damn movie to, you know, actually enjoy the comedic irony of it.

Honestly, I laughed as much as I grunted. Even my female friend grunted with approval at several points (the african cow guys, saw-arm man, etc.)

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Reggie Bush is pretty good actually.

Reggie Bush was decidedly mediocre his rookie year, and he was hyped as a sure fire hall of famer. I wasn't expecting big things from him, but I was expecting more than 4.0 YPC if he was only going to get 155 carries.

step 1) get some friends.

step 2) learn how to use a gym.

step 3) renounce your weak vegan ways.

step 4) Watch 300, sit in the 5th row, center seat.

step 5) restrain yourself from overanalysing.

step 6) find a steak house.

step 7) order a 48 oz porterhouse steak.

step 8 ) devour it.

step 9) hit the wieghts.

step 10) ???

step 11) PROFIT!

love it.

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Seriously guys?

I honestly cannot comprehend why this movie is so well recieved. The dialogue blows, the acting is sub-par (exception: Faramir), the fight scenes were fairly unimpressive, and there was enough slow motion to drive me up a f*cking wall. Worst of all, the good guys weren't actully GOOD guys. Spartans make terrible protaginists. They're just douchebags, that's it. It was absolutley ridiculous that they repeatedly referred to their virtues of "Freedom, Logic, and Reason" because the Spartans (even after Hollywood magic) advocate blind milatant nationalism. I can understand appreciating brutality, but only when backed by characters that aren't flat and one dimensional. If the spartans were even a little bit charasmatic, I could maybe hop on their team, but the first hour of boring, so called "epic" dialogue prevented me from even liking them.

And where is this gore you people speak of? There were only a few decapitations and some eye stabbing. It was alright, but nothing groundbreaking. From all the hype it recieved, I was expecting another "High Tension" but it didn't even come close.

I didn't completely hate it though. To it's credit, the movie picked up about halfway through and the cinematography was downright beautiful. If you can sit through the horrible pace of the first part, you'll probably enjoy it when they start introducing actually interesting characters like the immortals and mr.saws4arms. It was a good movie, but not a great movie. Nowhere close. I'm ok with the fact that I spent 7 bucks to see it, but I wish that I could say more than "Well... that was kind of cool. Oh, and pretty... it was very pretty."

From this, I can deduct the following.

1. You are a far left nutjob

2. You are a vegetarian

3. You hate the Iraq war, and compare it to Vietnam, even though you really dont know much about either

4. You are a socialist, and make odd claims that the fact that some immigrants dont wear Rolexes means capitalism doesnt work.

6. You didnt go to college

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..the previous post..

And you have just won the award for most assumptions ever made in a single post. Congratulations on your ability to read peoples minds over the internet, may it serve you well in your future asinine posts.

Furthermore I completely disagree with Phantom of the Operetta. But I'm not gonna attack him over it.

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maybe it's just me, but i dont think that this movie is meant to be 100% historically accurate and maybe it should stop being regarded as if it were meant to be that way...but maybe thats just me ;)

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From this, I can deduct the following.

1. You are a far left nutjob

2. You are a vegetarian

3. You hate the Iraq war, and compare it to Vietnam, even though you really dont know much about either

4. You are a socialist, and make odd claims that the fact that some immigrants dont wear Rolexes means capitalism doesnt work.

6. You didnt go to college

From this, I can deduct the following:

1. get a life fgt

So someone didn't like the movie. Deal with it.

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From this, I can deduct the following.

1. You are a far left nutjob

2. You are a vegetarian

3. You hate the Iraq war, and compare it to Vietnam, even though you really dont know much about either

4. You are a socialist, and make odd claims that the fact that some immigrants dont wear Rolexes means capitalism doesnt work.

6. You didnt go to college

I came to the same conclusions, but then again I am very pretentious.

I'll give 3:1 odds half of the deductions are true.

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From this, I can deduct the following.

1. You are a far left nutjob

2. You are a vegetarian

3. You hate the Iraq war, and compare it to Vietnam, even though you really dont know much about either

4. You are a socialist, and make odd claims that the fact that some immigrants dont wear Rolexes means capitalism doesnt work.

6. You didnt go to college

I'm sorry, I have to deduct some marks because you can't spell or count to 5.

Sorry, I'm being mean, aren't I. Just returning the favour :)!!

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Saw the movie last night. If all the GREATEST MOVIE EVAR sutff is sarcastic, then yes, I'd agree. The movie obviously wasn't perfect (I compared it to Gladiator,) but it was good for some laughs and some very well choreographed (spelling) battle scenes.

All the nudity in the beginning was kind of silly, but whatever, I knew it was coming.

Actually my favorite scenes aren't the battle scenes, but the quiet time in between when the spartans are talking and the conversations between the king and Xerxes. (When he first appears, he seems decidedly metro or homosexual. And the first few things he said didn't help to change my opinion of him.)

Oh, and the film makers did an excellent job capturing the graphic novel feel.

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Fixed :wink:

(And where was that "profit" thing originally from anyway?)

The Simpsons, actually. The Gnomes episode.

Actually, I think that profit thing is from the episode of South Park with the underwear-stealing gnomes.

Anyway, back on topic, I watched approximately 95% of "300" last week (that would mean I've only seen "285". lawl.). It was the last showing and at the exact moment of the climax of the entire freaking film the flipping fire alarm went off!!! The movie stops, the robotic voice told us to leave and to not use the non-existent elevator. In the lobby the employees told us it was a false alarm, and that they'd start the movie up again in a few minutes. Well, most of us figured that meant we could use the bathroom quickly and make our way back to the theater. As I exited the bathroom I overheard someone standing at the theater door call to a friend, "Hey, c'mon, it's been going for the last five minutes!" I bolted for the theater, one of my female friends wondering what my rush was as I zoomed past her as she emerged from the ladies' restroom. I made my way back to our seats only to find two douchebags had decided it was okay to steal two of our groups' seats. I had to sit off to the side with another friend who also lost her seat. It was too late by this point though, almost no one in the theater had seen the climax. As the credits rolled, you could see the anger about us roiling as we walked out of the theater. Some needed a cigarette, so they stood outside the theater house doors, but nobody left. We stood there, waiting, for anyone to come out that worked there. If I worked there, I wouldn't have come out, or at least I would've avoided it as much as the workers that night did. Finally, an employee emerged and said that his manager was working on the situation. Some of us simply wanted an apology, others expected reparations. As it went, the manager's representative issued each of us a free pass good for up to a year to attend any one movie. A free movie is nice and all; I did intend at some point to watch the film more than once; but it still really sucks that my first time getting to watch it had to be so outright robbed. Almost makes me wish for selective amnesia.

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Saw the movie last night. If all the GREATEST MOVIE EVAR sutff is sarcastic, then yes, I'd agree. The movie obviously wasn't perfect (I compared it to Gladiator,) but it was good for some laughs and some very well choreographed (spelling) battle scenes.

All the nudity in the beginning was kind of silly, but whatever, I knew it was coming.

Actually my favorite scenes aren't the battle scenes, but the quiet time in between when the spartans are talking and the conversations between the king and Xerxes. (When he first appears, he seems decidedly metro or homosexual. And the first few things he said didn't help to change my opinion of him.)

Oh, and the film makers did an excellent job capturing the graphic novel feel.

Personally, I enjoyed it more than Gladiator (mainly because, well, I thought Gladiator was just so-so). Anyway, yeah choreography was fairly decent, but the editing along with it really made the sequences fun (ironically, these sequences made me think of the later battles in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, after you acquire the last ability).

lol, yeah, Xerxes. Well, the fact he had trannies in his...entourage didn't really help that appearance.

All in all, a fun movie. Good action, decent plot, not a bad ending IMO. Not the best film ever made, but it's a worthy diversion. Can't say as I enjoyed it more than Sin City, but I definitely enjoyed it (and I'm looking forward to more work to come from Frank Miller).

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I saw it opening night, and I liked it a lot. Very close to the graphic novel. That includes the story.

I thought the movie was very visually pleasing, and cool to watch, but the story was a little thin for a film that length.

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