My eldest two and I went to the advance screening of 300 late Thursday evening. Here are my thoughts, for what it’s worth.
This is easily the most fun I’ve had at the movies this year. Historical fiction has not looked this good since Chuck Heston and Yul Bryner faced off. The dudes are buff and crafty, the women tough and sexy. The battle sccnes are thick with action and CGI blood. (Nope, still can’t get past the “Hey, that’s CGI blood … looks cool.” stage. CGI blood still reminds me that the real Wizard is behind the curtain.) The movie is Ultra; Ultra-Violence, Ultra-Sex, Ultra-Heroic Heroes and Ultra-Bad Villians. Watching the battle scenes reminds me of an old WW2 spoof I once read, where one of the protagonists declares: “Killing Asians is like eating their food. 20 minutes later, you just want to kill some more.” A glorious ride through old style copper toned vision.
Sadly – that’s all. Kind of a puff pastry piece, you revel in the outer crust but still somehow leave with an empty feeling. The ending somewhat disappoints, not because of a bad story, but more that you feel the movie is building to some great climax … but it does not. We are left with respect for the heroes, but we don’t get to see what their heroism accomplished.
Verdict: Great, tasty fluff. No filling.