I’ve been so busy working that I haven’t had time to really listen to the press reports or watch too many previews for 300 (other than the main one that is on apple’s quicktime site). Thursday night I had some businesss partners in town and they said “hey, you know, I think 300 premiers tonight, at midnight! We should go see it!”. We were already pretty goosed on a number of cocktails so it seemed like a great idea (didn’t seem like such a good idea at 8am the next day, though).
We ended up in the 2nd row at the Paramount and I dove in really not having heard too much about the film.
IT FUCKING ROCKS!
It’s beautiful, bold, exciting, and a non-stop shitkicking romp that hit the gas in act 1 and only slows down when there’s nobody left alive to tell the story. I’d love to see it again from the middle of the theatre to really drink up the framing; it’s just beautiful to look at.
Then the next day I hear that 300 is netting 61% on Rotten Tomatoes. WTF! What is WRONG with people? It’s not “Remains of the Day”, it’s not miserably depressing sad academy bait so everyone pans it? It’s a fucking GREAT RIDE! It’s a solid story (which actually happend! So how can the critics can say “it’s a dumb story”?) about 300 men who single handedly stopped what was then the biggest army in the world dead in its tracks.
People complain bitterly about movies that are “mindless entertainment” and then go home and watch “America’s Top Model”. What gives? Who are these fucking people? How do they go through life with such a screwed up multiple personality disorder?
Go see 300. It’s an awesomly entertaining romp.