In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King Xerxes led a Army of well over 100,000 (Persian king Xerxes before war has about 170,000 army) men to Greece and was confronted by 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians, and 400 Thebans. Xerxes waited for 10 days for King Leonidas to surrender or withdraw but left with no options he pushed forward. After 3 days of battle all the Greeks were killed. The Spartan defeat was not the one expected, as a local shepherd, named Ephialtes, defected to the Persians and informed Xerxes that the separate path through Thermopylae, which the Persians could use to outflank the Greeks, was not as heavily guarded as they thought.Written by
300 is an example of a Director so obsessed with the technical aspects of the film that he forgets the most important ingredient, that of the performances.
The acting in the film is dire. Lena Headey is appallingly bad as the Queen. Her diction and enunciation are so poor that Drama Teachers of yesteryear must be turning in their graves. He listless interpretation could hardly have been less regal.
Gerard Butler and his six-pack cohorts all look good but to a man their performances are all poorly developed and flaccid.
The Directorial immaturity on display here is a microcosm of what is happening in Hollywood today. Young Directors in love with Technical craft seem unaware of the Actor and his all important performance. Just by listening to the child-like commentary by Zack Snyder gives the game away. He talks endlessly about the effects, when the set ends and the green screen begins, how long it took an actor to get made-up but nothing about his direction or the actor's performance. This is simply because he understands neither.
The Computer Generated Effects, which Zack holds in such high regard, are pretty poor in the early scenes. The wolf is so badly done that it allows the effects that follow to appear impressive.
This only goes to show that the Actor and his/her performance is still the most important aspect of any film and however much icing is poured onto the final negative.
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