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Feathers hit the ground before the weight can leave the air.

So, yes, I saw Zack Snyder's adaptation of 300 this evening, and I liked it quite a lot. Quite a lot more than I liked Sin City. Yet, I feel this odd need to apologise for liking 300 so much (especially to sovay). And I think I want to apologise for all the wrong reasons, and it's late, and I probably have no idea what I'm trying to say. Except, yes, I am an eyeslut. I am a glutton for beautiful cinematography and choreography and the pornography of violence and androgynous Persian god-kings and their transsexual harems. I'm just broken like that. I can forgive all manner of historical inaccuracies, any amount of undo liberty with the writings of Herodotus, if only my gluttonous eyes are sated for a time. And 300 filled me almost painfully full. No, it's not the Second Coming of Sliced Bread, but it's an awfully amazing film.

Part of it was Gerard Butler, whom I loved in Reign of Fire (2002; he was a lot less beefy then) and in Beowulf and Grendel (2005). And part of it was Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo. And a whole lot of it was Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes.

And, of course, I do see how people could watch this film and read into it some hawkish parallel with the various U.S. wars being waged against the Middle East. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if the frelling U.S. military wants to use 300 as a recruiting film. But, surely, surely...only an idiot is going to buy America in 2007 CE as Sparta in 480 BCE, or see the U.S.'s "shock and awe" high-tech invasion of Iraq as some equivalent of Leonidas' stand at the Battle of Thermopylae. But, yeah, I know. Idiots do abound.

I will say, though, that I think the battle scenes in 300 still are not as amazing as the battles in Jackson's The Two Towers and The Return of the King. But, nonetheless, I did like this film.
Tags: 300, battle of thermopylae, interpretation, movies

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