The more I discuss and think about 300, the more impressed I am with it. It is at its heart, simply a story about 300 Spartans who battled hordes of Persians. That's all it is, that's all it needs to be. After watching it, you realize it had a story teller and that you've been watching a modern rendition of the campfire story as would be told by a great story teller. The story is simple because the event was great and the story teller capable. How much complicated and evolving plot do you need to watch 300 men effectively fight tens of thousands? The telling of this story is what makes this movie great.
I've discussed with some people and they tried to compare it to Gladiator. That is a mistake. That's like comparing Breakfast at Tiffany's and the Breakfast Club because they both have eggs in them. Gladiator used action to support and advance the plot. 300's plot is a device to support the rest of the film. And the relative quality of each gets distributed the same. The cinematography, environment, and action are so very well done in 300 that if we were to compare Gladiator's quality level to these relatively, we'd find that Gladiator was lacking.
The most effective comparison I've heard thus far had to include some qualifiers. Matrix: Reloaded was the closest comparison. If Matrix: Reloaded were a stand-alone film and not held accountable to the standards of Matrix, then it would have been an amazing film. In Reloaded, the plot only served again to allow awesome visuals and action. Now, picture 300 as more like this style of film only with the following improvements:
1. It is not a sequel and thus there is no precedent for what should be. It can stand simply on its own.
2. It does what it does with more elegance.
3. It lacks ego.
4. It is a fairly new and unique vision.
5. It has some awesome one-liners that are not forced. They are just awesome.
I highly recommend seeing the movie. But don't be distracted by the plot. Instead, look at how the story is being told.
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