Movie Review: 300

by Ed Lau on March 13, 2007

Let’s get one thing straight. If you’re going for any sort of plot, subtlety or even historical accuracy, then you will be sorely disappointed. 300 is not that sort of movie. What you do get is a hearty dose of badassity. You will come out of the theater inspired, ready to throw on your awesome red cape and loin-cloth and kick some Persian ass.


You’ll also feel like hitting the gym since compared to these guys, chances are, you’ve been slacking on the sit-ups. It’s time to break out the Bow-Flex.

Based on the graphic novel by Sin City scribe Frank Miller, 300 is the story of the Spartan King Leonidas and 299 of his friends. Just to give you a good idea of exactly how badass the Spartans were, they dump weak babies off cliffs, shove the rest out the door at age 7 and tell them not to come back until they’ve become men. In the trailer, a boy who couldn’t be more than 15 fights a freakin’ wolf at least twice his size. The result is an incredibly disciplined, loyal and skilled army which can take on anything…and I sure mean anything. The Persians throw everything at them. There were times during the fights when I seriously questioned my sanity as I couldn’t believe what they had found to shove into their army. I’m not going to spoil anything for you but basically, 300 stood against a million. Awesomeness ensues.


The fight sequences are amazing as it seems that everything is always in slow motion and if there was ever anything that justifies slow motion, it’s spears ripping through Persian soldiers. There plenty of blood, gore and moments where you just think “Ouch…that had to have hurt.” However, I was honestly hoping for even more. I’m going to take a guess and say that there will be deleted scenes on the DVD featuring even more fights that probably had to be cut due to time and rating restrictions.

One thing the film is not short on is long, grandiose speeches about glory, honor and brotherhood. Each word is inspiring, especially to us men, in the way that a coach inspires his team before the big game. You have to wonder, though, if they spoke like this on a regular basis. I snickered several times imagining Leonidas saying everyday phrases in his yelling voice.

“I HAVE…TO GO…TO THE BATHROOOOOM!”

“HONEY! DID YOU…PICK UP…MY RED CAPE…FROM…THE DRYCLEANER?!!!”

“DO YOU…THINK…WE…CAN…GET… …PANNNCAAAAAKES??!”


While sometimes too dramatic for it’s own good, the script isn’t half bad and the actors give good, honest performances. Gerard Butler does a great job defending Spartan ideals and convinces you of the glory there is to be had on the battlefield. His voice is a perfect blend of anger and heroism. Dominic Moore is such a sleeze-ball bastard that you want to jump into the screen and stab him in the face yourself and Lena Headey is possibly the only queen in the history of historical action film that isn’t annoying. Besides being MILF-alicious, Queen Gorgo just gets it. Instead of being the typical whiny queen, begging her husband not to go out there and to listen to authority, she acts more like a Spartan soldier and in fact, insists that he go to war. That dude that plays Xerxes is HUGE (I was just waiting for him to yoga FLAME!) and really fruity looking. Not surprising since all the women of the Persian empire seem to be disfigured, fat and/or fugly.

The combination of slow-motion shots and heavy metal or choral music make 300 a beautiful film experience. The colors are vivid and saturated while the fires and the sun burn brightly to produce some very dramatic silhouettes. Even though nearly every scene of the movie is shot on a green screen, it all blends together very nicely, unlike, I don’t know…that Sky Captain movie, which looked ridiculous. The imagery of 300 is astonishing.

300 is a lesson in bloodlust and a non-stop “Holy crap! Did you see that!?” movie. Impossible odds, glorious speeches and stabbing people in the face…that’s just a recipe for awesome.

Verdict: 8.5 out of 10

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Kev March 13, 2007 at 12:53 am

I left the movie wanting to grab the closest stick I could find to stab people with.

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dan1el March 14, 2007 at 2:23 am

I had a similar feeling watching Fight Club. There’s nothing like a good violent movie to get the testosterone going.

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Jon March 13, 2007 at 5:56 am

Thanks for the review! Have read the original comic/graphic novel? Do you think the movie does it justice?

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Ed March 13, 2007 at 10:11 am

I have not read the graphic novel (I intend to…) so I cannot comment.

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kenny March 13, 2007 at 8:59 am

So I take it this movie was worth waiting several days for since you couldn’t watch it on Friday? :D

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Ed March 13, 2007 at 10:11 am

Oh definitely. I came out of the theater thinking it was just about the most badass thing I’ve ever seen. I’d say it was equal Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction badass but Samuel L. Jackson has the cool factor and a wallet that says “Bad Motherf**ker”

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Leo March 13, 2007 at 12:29 pm

I find it funny that the King of the Spartans sounds so very Scottish. It’s like a comic book version of Braveheart, with pretty boys and nice hair.

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Girl - vic March 13, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Aww Ed you made me laugh with your blog, great job. Good summary.

“GOOOD JOB SPARTAN…YOU MADE ME LAUGH…HA HA HA HA” *Poke*

at some point of the fight scene’s I was like “yes another one down, go stab another” god we’re so desensitized from all this stuff. The persian god guy had a HOT body…if his eyebrows weren’t liek that i’d do him!…minus the makeup.

That scared me a bit

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dan1el March 14, 2007 at 2:22 am

I can’t wait to see this one. It doesn’t come out here for a while though. It’s good to hear it actually lives up to the hype.

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Nomar March 14, 2007 at 3:43 am

Looks like a fun movie :p I want to watch it

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lyndonmaxewell March 14, 2007 at 6:14 am

It is a good movie if you are going for the scenes and action. This movie has been widely criticized because of contents deviating from “historical accuracy.” For information, this is FRANK MILLER’S 300, and not the actual Historical Battle of Thermopolye.

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Michael Kwan March 14, 2007 at 9:22 pm

I’m finally going to watch this on Friday. I can’t wait!

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Stephen March 15, 2007 at 9:25 am

It’s like Sean Connery Bond…with a Spear…and he can’t stop yelling :D

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Jonix March 16, 2007 at 10:02 am

I’ve almost sure, that this movie will be the movie of the year, and the efects will be perfect!
I loved the story, and the trailer it’s simple superb!

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Leo March 16, 2007 at 12:43 pm

I think women and men watch the movie for different reasons. We watch it for the action and the women watch it for the men wearing nothing but undies and capes.

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jerkybeef July 2, 2007 at 4:08 pm

haha… that is too funny… “Can we get some pancakes” yeah i tried to picture it and it was quite funny… Great movie though…

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watch friends online April 8, 2008 at 2:44 pm

I totally loved 300. It was one of my favourite movies. The scenes were just so beautiful

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Curb Your July 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Best…movie…ever

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Tej Kohli July 27, 2010 at 6:29 am

I saw 300 movie many times and get Amazed , Its look live I live back in Roman Era

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friends episodes July 27, 2010 at 11:38 pm

300 movie is a great movie. the action scenes in the battle were awesome…….

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Online Education Consultation August 8, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Hey nice movie it is but everyone have different views.Like men watch movie for stunts as well as actions but women have different reasons

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