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300 (2006, Zack Snyder)

What's it about? Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel on the Battle of Thermopylae, where 300 Spartan soldiers, lead by King Leonidas (Gerard Butler), stood against an overwhelming army of Persians.

Who's in it? Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham, Vincent Regan, Michael Fassbender, Tom Wisdom, Andrew Pleavin, Andrew Tiernan, Rodrigo Santoro, Giovani Cimmino, Stephen McHattie.

Why did you watch it? To shorten the wait until Sin City 2 is released.

Why is it worth watching? This is how a battle epic should be told. Forget Troy, forget Alexander (actually, I wish I could forget that particular debacle), forget Kingdom of Heaven - this is how it's done, period. It's visually stunning, well-acted, has a cast of strong, interesting characters, solid action sequences and an good story. It's easy to dismiss the movie because it supposedly neglects plot over pretty visuals. The thing is - it doesn't. 300 actually manages to combine plot and amazing visuals in a way that makes them almost as inseparable as in the Sin City movie adaptation. Frank Miller's unique style is showing in both the compelling, stylized comic-book visualization and the grim, elliptical pathos of the voice overs.
Lena Headey is an amazing female lead - a rewarding role, yes, but she does make the most of it.

On the other hand... Unlike in Sin City, which practically exists in a world made of shade of grey (despite the black and white visuals), the characters of 300 are all a bit black or white. They're interesting enough not to make it a big flaw, though.

The final verdict: 9-10/10

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I love movies, and I watch quite a lot of them in my free time. In this journal, you'll find my thoughts on movies I've recently seen - both new releases and older films.

Those aren't supposed to be actual journalistic reviews, just some personal, sometimes terribly subjective comments.

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