GBPic.jpgAs Melissa wrote about last week, the new movie 300 opened this weekend to much fanfare… I went to see it with my buddy Dave today, and was excited. I have loved lots of epic movies…. I expected it to be most like Troy, but it wasn’t. I have never been a big comic book guy, so I am not extremely familiar with how this measures up to the actual famous comic, but I must say that the special effects were tremendous, the plot was outstanding, and the character development is fascinating. They did a tremendous job with it!

I have also heard about supposed political implications within the movie… Without giving away the plot, the movie is based on the legendary Battle of Thermopylae, so it follows accepted historical fact. But the theory is that it is a satirical allegory, written with the undertones of current events, basically making characters that represent current politicos (sort of how George Orwell’s Animal Farm was really about Totalitarianism and the Russian Government). It is very interesting to hear about this, and while there have been some denials about this being the case, the director Frank Miller kind showed his hand when he said the following in a radio interview:

“It seems to me quite obvious that our country and the entire Western world is up against an existential foe that knows exactly what it wants… Let’s finally talk about the enemy. Nobody seems to be talking about who we’re up against, and the sixth-century barbarism they actually represent. These people saw people’s heads off… . They do not behave by any cultural norms that are sensible to us.”

If it is not yet clear to you, you will understand how it all ties in when you see the movie. In my opinion, this would not be a surprise. But, what does surprise me is that this has not been major fodder for the tabloids and news vehicles alike! All news agencies (with FoxNews and a handful of other small carriers as the few exceptions) seem to jump on opportunities to lambaste President Bush and his supporters whenever given the chance, so with a major release potentially being so politically charged, I am shocked that I didn’t hear more about this until my father told me about hearing it on the radio, and then doing my own research…

In the words of Bill O’Reilly, “what say you?”

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3 Comments so far

  1. Melissa (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 8:59 am

    I heard about all the political implications before I saw the movie on Tuesday too, but I got way too into the movie to even think about it… I even saw it again on Saturday and I just didn’t care to make the connection.

  2. Neil (unregistered) on March 18th, 2007 @ 10:40 am

    Whats the consensus on the main girl in the movie?

  3. Noah (unregistered) on March 19th, 2007 @ 9:22 am

    VERY hot, Neil… And she played the part of queen very well.

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