Tuesday, April 10

Prepare for Glory! (A 300 Review)

"A new age has begun, an age of freedom. And all will know that 300 Spartans gave their last breath to defend it." - Spartan King Leonidas

300 is a visual display of modern movie making, and a stunning looking film that makes up for every ounce of its lack of plot by painting a brilliantly beautiful image over every single frame of the film.

"We Spartans have descended from Hercules himself. Taught never to retreat, never to surrender. Taught that death in the battlefield is the greatest glory he could achieve in his life. Spartans: the finest soldiers the world has ever known." - Dilios (the narrator)

Basically "It’s about these 300 Greek dudes (300 Spartans +700 other Greeks) who stomp the sugar-coated shit out of like a million other dudes (actually abt 250, 000 Persians but u get the idea). "

The Phantom of the Opera's Gerard Butler as Leonidas, the king with no patience for the cowards and boy-lovers on the Greek council. This dude, Theron, a sleazy politician keen on stopping Leonidas from inciting war against the Persians denigrates the theory that the Persians intend to dominate the world and unleash their weapons of mass destruction, including mutant rhinos, elephants and a masked army called the Immortals. That leaves Leonidas no choice, but to round up 300 of his bravest bodyguards and embark on a doomed mission against the Persians. The king does everything to rally the troops. The trick is to bottle up the pesky Persians in a narrow mountain pass.

Went with a fren and we didn’t go in expecting Shakespeare or a history documentary, and we came out having watched a bloody, savage, completely engrossing fist fight of a movie.

If you like action, you’re going to love this movie. If you marvel at stunning visuals on film, you’re going to love this movie. If you have ever wanted to just get up and whoop some ass you will love this movie. You will find yourself living vicariously through these characters, and ready to fight an army of uncountable proportions when you walk out of the theater.

Bottom line: 3.5 out of 5 stars

One of my favourite bits abt the movie is the laconic quotes riddled thruout the movie, below are some of my favourites:

[last lines]
Dilios: Give thanks, my gallant and brave 300 - to victory!

Messenger: Why does this woman think she can speak amongst men?
Queen Gorgo: Because only Spartan women give birth to real men.

Spartan King Leonidas: Before this war is over, the world will know, a few stood against many.

Xerxes: Yours is a fascinating tribe. There is much our cultures could share.
Spartan King Leonidas: Perhaps you haven't noticed, but we've been sharing our culture with you all morning.

Spartan King Leonidas: Spartans! Prepare for glory!

Dilios: We did what we were trained to do, what we were bred to do, what we were born to do!

Dilios: The enemy outnumber us a paltry three to one, good odds for any Greek!

Queen Gorgo: Spartan. Come back with your shield... or on it.
Spartan King Leonidas: Yes milady.

Spartan King Leonidas: My heart is broken for your loss
Captain: Heart? I have filled my heart with hate
Spartan King Leonidas: Good

Spartan King Leonidas: [Turning towards the Spartans] Spartans! What is your profession?
Spartans: Harooh! Harooh! Harooh!
Spartan King Leonidas: See old friend, I brought more soldiers than you did.

[Dilios is putting a patch over his eye]
Spartan King Leonidas: Dilios, I trust that "scratch" hasn't made you useless.
Dilios: Hardly, my lord, it's just an eye. The gods saw fit to grace me with a spare.

Xerxes: Your Athenian rivals will kneel at your feet... if you but kneel at mine.
Spartan King Leonidas: That is quite an offer. I'd be crazy to refuse it. But this kneeling business... I'm afraid killing all those slaves of yours has left me with a nasty cramp in my leg.

Queen Gorgo: It is not a question of what a Spartan citizen SHOULD do, nor a husband, nor a king, instead ask yourself, my dearest love, what should a free man do.

Xerxes: Imagine what horrible fate awaits my enemies when I would gladly kill any of my own men for victory.
Spartan King Leonidas: And I would die for any of mine.

Xerxes: Consider the fate of your women.
Spartan King Leonidas: Clearly you don't know our women.

Spartan King Leonidas: The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle was over, that even a God-King can bleed.

Xerxes: Your women will be slaves...
Spartan King Leonidas: Have you seen our women? We might as well have marched them up here...

Persian Officer: Fools! Our arrows will blot out the sun.
Stelios: Then we will fight in the shade!

Spartan King Leonidas: This is where we hold them. This is where we fight. This is where they die.

Spartan King Leonidas: Give them nothing! But take from them everything!

Persian Officer: Spartans, lay down your weapons.
Spartan King Leonidas: Persians! Come and get them!

Persian Emissary: This is madness!
Spartan King Leonidas: Madness? This is Sparta!

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