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Friday, January 25, 2008

Friday Movie Review - 300


For those of you who don't know, I am a proud member of Mr. Tigger's new M-Cats Club! I am dedicating this Friday's movie review to all of my fellow mancats.



300 (2006)

Directed by: Zack Snyder


Based on the Graphic Novel by Frank Miller


Now, let me go on the record as saying that this is not a movie for kittens or even for M-Cats-in-training. There is a lot of graphic violence and themes that more mature cats may not find suitable for the kits.


For those of you who don't know, "300" is based on actual events in ancient Greek history: the Battle of Thermopylae between the Spartans and the invading Persians. While the movie certainly contains some sensationalism and anachronisms, it still gets across the gist of what happened in this pivotal battle. "300" has managed to serve as a reminder of how past wars and politics are eerily echoed in the world we know today. It also is a stirring account of how a small group of men were able to stand against the might of an entire invading army . . . and almost win.





"300" has a riveting storyline, which depicts political intrigue, religious corruption, bravery, romance, and epic battles. There is something in it for almost anyone. It also has a wonderful use of music, light, and color, which serves to give the entire film a unique appearance and feel. The filmmakers made a concerted effort to echo the dramatic artistry shown in the original graphic novel, even down to the costumes worn by the actors, and they succeeded. This film is an intriguing blend of live-action and computer generation. It is truly a wonder to watch.






From my earlier description, and my initial dedication, you may think that is movie is only for mancats. This isn't so. For example, my mommy loves the film for its subject matter (she was a history/anthropology major in undergrad), its unique style, and for Gerard Butler and what she terms his "8-pack abs." Holly and Ivy appreciate it for all of the big animals the Persian army has . . . they particularly like the elephants. And who can deny the appeal of fervently shouted lines such as "This is SPARTAAAAAAAAA!" and "TONIGHT WE DINE IN HELL!"



I definitely recommend this as a film worth viewing for more mature cats, who don't mind a lot of violence. Also, the elite Persian forces wear masks which might be a bit skairty for a few kitties. However, if you don't mind these things, or a bit of human nudity, then you should give this film a try. I give this film two paws up for its artisty and unique style.

20 meows:

JB's Big World said...

I've seen you movie reviews but I don't know what is wrong with me.....I can never sit through a whole movie because I get distracted by all my toys!
--JB

DEBRA said...

Tybalt this sounds like a great movie! Great review makes me want to go out and get Momma to rent it furrs us...

Purrs
Abby

Captain Jack and Sir Dante said...

Our Daddy got this movie for his birthday. Mommy also says to tell your Mommy that her ordering of why she likes this movie is wrong - and that Gerard Butler should be in the number 1 spot. Yes, our Mommy knows your Mommy too well.

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

Thanks for the movie review, Tybalt. I guess we'll pass on this one, since Merlin is still a kitten, and I'm fairly young myself. I do know our humans want to see it though, as my mom is fascinated by ancient Greek history (and ancient Roman, and ancient Egyptian, etc.)

Cheysuli and gemini said...

When we saw the movie, the Woman wanted to know why they fought in leather underwear. It just did not look comfortable.

Rossetti and Kirara said...

Tybalt,

Thank you for visiting us!!! Our cousin has told us that we should meet you as well. She said some of your posts sounded like things we have told her in the past...great minds really do think alike!!! We shall make our momma add you to our blog!!

Purrs,

Rossetti and Kirara

Daisy said...

I likes to watch a little bit of violence sometimes. I think I would like to see this movie.

Icon Baxter Bentley said...

you are a very good movie reviewer! I have not seen 300 yet, but I can't wait to watch it!
my brother, Kitty is a Persian...

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

Thank you again for another great movie review.

Samantha & Tigger said...

Wowie!! Sounds like a wonderful Movie, Tybalt. Your reviews always bring the Movies to life and make me want to see them all!!! Is 300 what we are watching tonight? I'll bring my Gizzy quilt so we can snuggle!
Nosekisses,
Samantha

Queen Snickers and Empress said...

Great review, Daddy really wants to see this movie and Momma would not object to it. :) ~Queen Snickers

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

I have read a lot about this movie but have not seen it yet. Bean will have to go and rent it because I think it is one that we need to watch. Thanks for the review, it sounds like there is a lot of action, so I will probably like it.

Mickey said...

Great review :) It does soung like it might be a good movie. I'll let Mom know :)
Purrs Mickey

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We haf to add dis to mom's list, we bet she would like it!

Karen Jo said...

Thanks for the recommendation. It sounds like my kind of movie. I love movies set in the ancient world.

The Cat Realm said...

Thank you Tybalt, this was a very good review. The maid has thought about renting this movie but says she will not now because of the violence. We try and stay away from violence in general (I don't tell them about my lizards hunts...). So your review was very helpful!
Karl

MoMo said...

Hey Tybalt, you must take part in Karl's new contest. It'll be such fun!

SS, as an archaeologist who works in Iran, is appalled by the film's depiction of the Persians and in particular the king and the rest of the liberties taken by the director in historical accuracies (or rather, the inaccuracies). We won't go into her objections otherwise the computer will explode! We can't watch historical movies in our house because she raves and rants so much!

Monty Q. Kat said...

HeBean LOVED 300. MomBean liked the men in 'skimpy bottoms'.

How my beans stay together is beyond me.

michico*Adan said...

I have seen 300!
The special effect really amazing me~!! I keep yelling say yes in the theater~~

Michico

HRH Yao-Lin said...

Oh my human loves this film - she says that a film with 300 six packs deserved an oscar and that Gerard Butler is a god.

xx