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Come back with your shield or on it

Just got back from seeing 300 and I really, really liked it. I wasn't expecting to, either. I'd read the graphic novel and didn't really enjoy it--not that it's bad, it's just not my cup of tea--so I figured the movie would probably be impressive, but not really a good time. Wrong.

Of course, I still don't think it's for everyone. It's gory. Like, really gory. So gory that you stop noticing the gore. And it's really pretty much just a film about warriors and battle. So if you're not interested in warriors and battle, you'll probably be bored. But I was fascinated. The fight choreography is about as good as I've seen. And they used the slo-mo shots to great effect, so you can see every nuance of the complex moves. It's more like a dance than a fight. And many of the most impressive fight sequences are done in one incredibly long take.

The movie's got a lot of cliches in it, but you kinda have to let that go, given that this is the history from which a lot of those cliches sprang in the first place. And I especially loved that the Spartan women get to have a story and are as hardcore as the men.

The only thing I wasn't really sold on was the narration. I know the bardic narration is integral to the story of the book, but I don't feel like it translated as well to screen. But otherwise, it was fantastic. Also, two hours and forty minutes of muscular men (including my boyfriend Faramir!) running around in leather thongs is a pretty good way to spend the afternoon.

FYI, I got permission from certain parties to unlock my previous post about my trip to L.A. and Bones set visit, in case anyone out there was wanting to read it and couldn't.



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Mar. 9th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
I *really* want to see this. That's my favorite battle in history. And I did *not* know your boyfriend Faramir was in it. I <3 him. I'm glad you had positive thoughts about it; I was just worried it'd be as bad as Troy.
Mar. 9th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
It's way better than Troy. Not that I've seen Troy, but it's gotta be better. Mr. Sus is a big classical studies geek and he was all excited that they added a bunch of stuff directly from Herodotus that wasn't in the graphic novel.
Mar. 9th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
Don't see Troy, that's all I can say.

they added a bunch of stuff directly from Herodotus

!!!awesome!! McAwesome!!!
Mar. 10th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
I'm replying here because I want both of you to see this. And I know I'm being pissy here but I refuse to watch any movie, read any comic or any other media that is associated with the notorious woman hater Frank Miller. The man makes me physically ill.

here's someone else's take on Frank. And yeah, 100% accurate.
Mar. 10th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
I'm already familiar with the criticism of Miller. His portrayal of women is only one of a variety of reasons why I don't generally enjoy his comics. He's far from the worst misogynist writing today, though. But that's why I was happy to see that Snyder added a strong storyline for Leonides' wife in the movie.
Mar. 10th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
That's good to hear.

Still, I just can't bring myself to see anything with his name in the title.

I'm glad you enjoyed it though.
Mar. 11th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Not pissy, and I totally respect your feelings. I didn't know this was Frank Miller when I first started getting excited about the movie, didn't even know it was based on a graphic novel, at first. I was just wheeeeeeeee omg Thermopylae!

I did see the movie, and was very satisfied by the lead female role. I'm glad it was added. Or changed, or whatever.
Mar. 10th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
The account from Herodotus, for those who care

Sayings of Leonidas (from Plutarch)

Also from Plutarch, the sayings of Gorgo (only have this in paper form):

'When asked by a woman from Attica, 'Why are you Spartan women the only ones who can rule men?, she said: 'Because we are also the only ones who give birth to men.'
'On her husband Leonidas' departure for Thermopylae, while urging him to show himself worthy of Sparta, she asked what she should do. He said: 'Marry a good man and bear good children.'

Also, from a time further in the past, Helen of Troy was originally Spartan royalty, and Menelaus became king of Lacedaemon (Sparta) when he married her. But he was a wuss ;)
Mar. 11th, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
I read Herodotus several years ago in undergrad; that's what originally captured my imagination about Themopylae. But I hadn't read Plutarch. I love how they used the line about Spartan women. Thanks.

And completely agreed on Menelaus being a wuss.
Mar. 10th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
Why haven't they been promoting Faramir?! I totally would have skipped out on work early to go see this if I knew!

Have you been watching Rome? Is it gory like those fight scenes?
Mar. 10th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
I've only seen a couple of episodes of Rome, but I'd say this is more gory. Like, long, slo-mo shots of dismembered heads floating through the air and bloody stumps falling to the ground. But because they've so faithfully re-created the frames of the graphic novel, it's all kind of comic-y and not exactly realistic. Like Sin City. It's got almost as much sex as Rome, too.

Faramir is tres pretty. And he doesn't have to play a hunchback!
Mar. 10th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
Oh, it was eye candy. Those abs. Those legs. Those ARMS. ::THUD::

And I thought the actress who played Leonides wife was gorgeous! She could have been Helen. Fun movie!
Mar. 10th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
So much pretty. And Leonides' wife was great.

In the graphic novel the men fight buck naked except for their cloaks and helmets, so when I heard they were making a movie of it starring David Wenham and Gerard Bulter I was like, HELL YEAH!
Mar. 10th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
My bad! I posted a comment about your wonderful trip to the Bones site - then afterwards, realized that it was flocked.

Again: my apologies for linking to a locked post.

I subsequently deleted that post, although there were several friends who wanted to read it.

post hoc, with your permission, I'll re-do the post.
Mar. 10th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
No worries at all. Feel free. :)
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