Thursday, March 08, 2007

300 the movie - drawing parallels with modern day events

Critic reviews of 300 are out. This has to be the one of the most anticipated movies of 2007. Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel of the same name on the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C between an army of outnumbered Spartans and the Persians, critics seem to be raving about the movie. There's plenty of eye candy in the form of visuals and gorgeous women and most of the actors playing the Spartans look like models with chiselled abs and toned physiques. I saw Sin City based on Miller's graphic novel of the same name (Sin City 2 is due this year). Most of my buds did not like the movie, they thought it was cheesy, but I have always liked comic books or graphic novel adaptations, though some of them bombed at the box office - V for Vendetta for example. 300 stays faithful to the novel and has stunning visuals, most of it being CG generated and the trailer looks awesome. The film has a motley bunch of characters ala The Lord of The Rings series (I loved all 3 of them, am waiting to get the uncut versions to on DVD). Critics in the US have already begun to draw parallels to the current state of US foreign policy, the Spartans being the US and the marauding Persians being; you guessed it right, the evil Iranians led by Ahmedinajad. I can't wait for this movie to get released in Madras. Will the theatre wallahs release it here? Methinks it will be heavily censored if they do, the movie is rated R in the US for extreme violence, nudity and sex.

Gaurav Sabnis, card carrying lover of graphic novels , can you write a review of the movie after you have seen it?

The movie premiere for the US is tomorrow.

Related: Images from the movie.
Poster courtesy About.

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