Vulcan Stev Family Movie Review: 300


Gerard Butler …  King Leonidas
Lena Headey …  Queen Gorgo
Dominic West …  Theron
David Wenham …  Dilios
Vincent Regan …  Captain
Michael Fassbender …  Stelios
Tom Wisdom …  Astinos
Andrew Pleavin …  Daxos
Andrew Tiernan …  Ephialtes
Rodrigo Santoro …  Xerxes
Giovani Cimmino …  Pleistarchos
Stephen McHattie …  Loyalist
Greg Kramer …  Ephor #1
Alex Ivanovici …  Ephor #2
Kelly Craig …  Oracle Girl

2006 * Warner Bros. * 117 min * R for violent battle scenes some sexuality and nudity

Synopsis from IMDb:  In 480 BC, the Persian king Xerxes sends his massive army to conquer Greece. The Greek city of Sparta houses its finest warriors, and 300 of these soldiers are chosen to meet the Persians at Thermopylae, engaging the soldiers in a narrow canyon where they cannot take full advantage of their numbers. The battle is a suicide mission, meant to buy time for the rest of the Greek forces to prepare for the invasion. However, that doesn’t stop the Spartans from throwing their hearts into the fray, determined to take as many Persians as possible with them.

VS: 1.75 pointed ears.
This movie is filled with violence and as such I do not recommend this for impressionable viewers.  Only you as a parent can determine what is and is not appropriate for your child.  That said, the violence has its place in this film.  This is not a documentary though the broad historical event is authentic.  The violence is stylized and although in your face it is not gratuitous.

The political intrigue portion of the movie seemed to drag at times.  I kinda wish that Mr. Snyder hadn’t been quite so faithful in his adaptation and either dropped the “meanwhile back at the ranch” scenes or expanded on them.

Zach Snyder made a very faithful adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel.  It was this movie that convinced the brass at Warner let Zach helm Watchmen.  His direction on this film fit the style of the movie.  I’m not a big fan of violence for violence sake, but here it seemed appropriate.

P.I.T. #2 – 1.5 pointed ears
The fact that Hollywood made a movie about the march of the 300 Spartans was cool.  However the amount of nudity could’ve been toned down.  The violence was a little more than I like but appropriate for what was being portrayed.

P.I.T. #3 – 1.8 pointed ears
This is a very good movie.  There are lots of nice action.  There’s also some kissing and female nudity which I don’t like in a movie.

Overall 5.05 pointed ears out 6.  This is definitely a violent movie.  Only you can determine the appropriate level suitable for viewing in your household.  Beautifully shot, faithfully adapted, and artfully done.  Recommended with reservations.

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