300 the Movie

I saw 300 over the weekend. Now in case you didn’t know, I’m apparently NOT the target audience for this movie, being a black female over 25. That didn’t stop me from enjoying the movie.


I know many reviewers like slate are putting a very modern spin on it when they pan it, drawing parallels to the current situation in Iraq. CNN did the same thing. Critics are in a completely different realm from regular movie goers. Actually critics of any medium are usually counter to what the audience wants/likes. And the audience REALLY liked 300.

I’m sorry, I thought this was a movie based on a graphic novel loosely based on an event that happened more than 2000 years ago. Apparently I’m not the only one who thought so.

I’m pretty sure no one claimed 300 was a documentary. I’m pretty sure Frank Miller didn’t call up the History Channel or Greek historians or Encyclopedia Brittanica to verify his grapic novel. (I did, in fact, see the History Channel’s program on the Battle of Thermopylae, and I enjoyed that as well, but then HC is one of my favorite channels.)

Anyway, back to the movie. Everyone in the theater enjoyed it. I mean the young fan boys, the gamers, the men who like men and the women who like men. There was something for everyone to enjoy in this movie. The visuals, the soundtrack, the fight scenes. My SO thought it was the best movie he’d ever seen. Every woman with whom I’ve discussed this movie all said the same thing:

“Gerard Butler in nothing but moonlight. WHEW!”

Go forth and see 300. Check the history, and the critical parallels to modern wartime events, at the door. Sit back and enjoy it for what it is: a freakin’ movie.

I for one, am actually going to go see it again–in IMAX.