March 12, 2007

This is Sparta!

300 has its share of problems -- the pacing is a bit odd, and I think one or two of the many honor/glory/freedom speeches could have been dropped without losing anything. But the visuals are truly stunning. "It's most silly when it's trying to be a movie, and it's most beautiful when it's trying to be a graphic novel. Fortunately, it mostly just tries to be a graphic novel," says this reader of Andrew Sullivan's, and he's right. The over-the-top reaction of some critics -- racist! fascist! -- is totally absurd. (Dana Stevens -- not surprisingly, given her feminine aversion to war movies -- wins the dumbest-of-the-dumb award in that set.) It's hard not to wonder if some of these reviewers just can't stand the message that some things are worth fighting for.

Posted by John Tabin at March 12, 2007 01:20 PM

I still think Team America is the best war movie every made.

When Queen Gorgo said to the senator, "Freedom isn't free," I nearly busted out singing "No, there's a hefty in' fee. And if you don't throw in your buck 'o five, who will?"

Posted by: Ryan at March 14, 2007 10:57 AM