300 (2006)

I finally got to see  Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s 300. This story was previously filmed as The 300 Spartans back in the 60s, and it was a horribly stodgy movie given the exciting  nature of the story it had to tell.

Snyder doesn’t permit any risk of the  viewer being bored, throwing effects at the screen even in the quiet scenes. Gerard Butler seems possessed by the  spirit of Brian Blessed, as do the rest of the cast, even the women, and some SF monsters are inexplicably introduced. It’s gory and stupid, consisting mainly of soldiers in underpants  shouting, so it’s no surprise to see it making lots of money.

If that’s your thing, then you’ll love it.

Mild Peril Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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