I’ve been eagerly awaiting Zack Snyder’s take on Frank Miller’s 300 ever since I visited the set in December of 2005 and saw the concept video that he used to sell himself to Warner Bros. I had doubts that this would be as special as everyone was claiming, but that video – which was done fairly cheaply – blew me away. The footage I have seen since has been utterly fucking fantastic, and I curse the events that led me to miss the Los Angeles junket, where I would have seen the movie. People I know who attended came back raving, and Rotten Tomatoes is filling up with positive reviews – including fresh ones from Variety and Hollywood Reporter, not exactly the kinds of places that are going to be overly kind to geek properties.
Now the film has played the Berlin Film Festival, where it received a thunderous standing ovation from the sold out audience of 1700. Your European film festival crowd ain’t the easiest to win over, so I’m excited that Snyder’s visceral vision did just that.
I finally see 300 next week, and I’ll report back to you my own thoughts. I’m not expecting a life changing work of poetic beauty like The Fountain, but I am hoping for a rousing visual experience that’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before – and looking at the reviews pouring in, it looks like I’ll get it.
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