Despite the Oscar’s on Sunday night, I have had a tough time getting excited about movies lately. I do however, have high hopes for the new movie based upon the Frank Miller graphic novel of the same name: 300. Here are some trailers.
It is based upon an ancient battle between a small force of Greeks and the vast armies of the Persian Empire. Wikipedia has in-depth coverage of this, the Battle of Thermopylae. Here is a little background:
In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC, an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army at the pass of Thermopylae in central Greece. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. A small force led by King Leonidas of Sparta blocked the only road through which the massive army of Xerxes I could pass. After three days of battle a local resident named Ephialtes betrayed the Greeks, revealing a mountain path that led behind the Greek lines. Dismissing the rest of the army, King Leonidas stayed behind with 300 Spartans and 700 Thespian volunteers. Though they knew it meant their own deaths, they held their position and secured the retreat of the other Greek forces.
The performance of the defenders at the battle of Thermopylae is often used as an example of the advantages of training, equipment and good use of terrain to maximize an army’s potential, as well as a symbol of courage against overwhelming odds. The heroic sacrifice of the Spartans and the Thespians has captured the minds of many throughout the ages and has given birth to many cultural references as a result.
I also read in Wired that the entire movie was filmed indoors and the backgrounds and skies were all filled in later with CGI in order to match the mood of each scene and maintain the stylized look. If internet hype is any indication (and it usually is not) then this film will be amazing and change the way similar films are undergone. Based upon early screenings, and no doubt, careful examination of the trailers, 300 already ranks in the top 250 movies of all time at IMDB.com (#27 or so based on over 4000 votes).
I am excited to see it regardless of all that. And to top it off, it opens (March 9th) at regular theaters and IMAX! I am getting my tickets today.