Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Generally speaking, I have a strong aversion to Hollywood-bastardized cinematic retellings of the ancient classics. Mention Troy, for instance, and I will launch into a 30-minute tirade on why Brad Pitt should have died minutes into the film, how a 10 year war cannot possibly last for two weeks, and why Paris shouldn't get his way just because he's played by Orlando Bloom (who really only looks good with long blonde hair).
As much as the movie industry alarms me when they get their hands on classical history, I am actually exceedingly excited for 300, mostly because 1. it's Frank Miller, people, and 2. I suppose since there's no conventional epic foundation anyway, there exists no story line to utterly ruin -- only historical accounts about the Battle of Thermopylae to distort, at the worst.
Watch the trailer. The graphics are stunning, although I'm slightly bothered by the typeface at the end that makes "300" look more like "ZOO."