Last Tuesday night Tini, Dino, Elaine and I got to watch the premiere of 300, the movie version of Frank Miller's (creator of Sin City) graphic novel about the story of 300 Spartans, led by their king, Leonidas fighting a million Persians. I was a bit apprehensive watching a dude-flick, with all the gore and violence. But dang! I truly did enjoy myself watching this one!
Aside from the hunky men going to battle in just their trunks and capes, I loved the whole feel of the movie. It was truly amazing. My brother said the director made sure that watching every scene is like looking at a painting. The battle scenes where awesome! The Spartans moved with methodical grace with every kill. And another great thing is the casts were not big name stars which helped focus on the movie itself and not the actors playing the roles. King Leonidas was played by Gerard Butler, whose biggest movie to date was his role in the first Tomb Raider. The Queen Gorgo was played by Lena Headey who will be taking on the role of Sarah Connor in the t.v. series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which continues the life of the leading lady from the Terminator movie. King Xerxes, ruler of the Persian Empire was played by Rodrigo Santoro who played the officemate and love interest of Laura Linney in Love Actually. The most notable face there for us was David Wenham who played Faromir in the Lord of the Rings.
My brother also said the dialogue was almost 100% lifted from the graphic novel which makes it fairly accurate compared to other book-to-movie films. I have yet to see the novel but my brother has a copy and I will definitely check it out soon.
I say two thumbs up for this film! Nationwide release was last Wednesday and I suggest you go grab a friend and a popcorn and enjoy the show!
(Photos courtesy of Yahoo! Movies)