I’ve been brain fried this weekend from finishing Making Chased and then the revisions on The Others and the synopsis and I’ve only started to come out of that exhaustion mid-day yesterday. I think the weather helped. I’d hoped for more sleep but what can a girl do? I did rest and started back on Wolf Unbound in earnest, which got my brain moving again.
In any case, the dude and I took in The 300 yesterday and I really enjoyed it.
Reason #1? Holy hot muthafucking men, batman! Am I going to complain about two hours of a barely dressed Gerard Butler with abs o’Steel? Nope. Don’t know who most of the other actors (other than the dude who played Faramir in the LOTR movies) but they were all a joy to lust over for a couple of hours too. Hot, tight, sweaty, muscly abdomens and hard, hard thighs. Lotsa swords and grunting and well, yeah, that alone was worth the time.
But reason #2 – I liked the look and feel. I loved the otherworldly quality of the colors, the sepia against the red of the Spartan robes, the mythos playing on the historical elements.
Yes, I’ve read people complaining that the Persians were demonized and well, duh. Hello, do you think you can hack someone to pieces standing close enough to be sprayed with their blood and gore if you didn’t de-humanize them? And in a meta-historical sense, you’re dealing with the origins of modern western civilization up against a wholly different model of governance. I’ve also heard the film is anti-Islam and I hasten to say Islam didn’t exist when the battle took place.
They’re the enemy – they’re bad. Check. If you’re looking for intricate, in depth social commentary and historical richness – don’t expect it from this movie.
Anyway, I liked it. I thought the violence was uber gore for a reason. It’s not a documentary but I didn’t expect it to be. I liked it. I had a pleasant few hours with my dude, we had a nice lunch and came home to a house still standing, yay!