A short, sharp entry to convey to everyone my absolute praise for the recent movie release “300” (launching “Down Under” April 5th). Ryan, TJ and I headed down to Richmond to catch this stunning flick on the IMAX screen which was amazing.
In a nutshell, the film “300” centres on the Ancient Greek battle of Thermopylae, which pitted just 300 seriously “buff” (the ladies will love it) Spartan warriors against tens of thousands of invading Persian soldiers.
Sure, the violence and lightweight storyline isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s no doubt about the movie’s stylish visual appeal. Created by Frank Miller, the same mastermind behind the 2005 black and white hit “Sin City”, it’s hard to believe that “300” was filmed almost entirely using green screen technology in a studio in Montreal. It was filmed in next to no time with an equally tiny budget considering it’s been compared a number of times to Russel Crowe’s epic “Gladiator”. The desaturated colour images and amazing audio and soundtrack combine magically on the IMAX format.
Apparently the box office doesn’t lie. Although the pre-release hype never really hit the mark with a lot of people, and the trailer (see below) failed to impress (and I’m not speaking for myself when I say that as I was salivating to see it after seeing the teasers), North Americans certainly flocked to the theaters with the film earning $US70.9 million ($A87.87 million) in its first three days. It went on to earn $US135 million ($A167.32 million) in its first two weeks in the US, an impressive effort considering it cost just $US65 million ($A80.56 million) to make.
I personally loved “300” and will certainly be lining up to purchase whatever special edition DVD is launched down the track, and I’ll be real interested to see if it transfers faithfully to the smaller screen.