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300 Movie Essay

2789 words - 12 pages

Jonathan Hewitt
ENG 225
Cicely Denean-Cobb
October 2, 2012

The film I have chosen to do my critique on is Zack Snyder’s 300. 300 is a film about King Leonidas, the King of Sparta, and his 300 Spartan warriors who all stood up against the God-king Xerxes and his massive Persian army from annihilation. After watching the film very closely for my critique I believe there is a serious underlying theme that everyone has the right to be free and sometimes you have to stand up and make sacrifices to keep your freedom. Standing up for freedom is never an easy task as shown in 300 but, everyone deserves to be free. In discussing the storytelling, acting, cinematography, editing, sound, ...view middle of the document...

However, the internal conflicts are the more interesting ones. I found four major internal conflicts present in the film: Leonidas’ unspoken love for his wife, Captain’s unspoken love for his son, Ephialtes’ desire to be needed and wanted, and Queen Gorgo’s struggle to determine how far she will go to help her husband. I believe the film is meant to be symbolic for freedom and the need for people’s sacrifice in the name of freedom. In the film there are 300 Spartans standing up to Xerxes and his, supposedly, millions of soldiers. The 300 not only willing put their life on the line they consider it an honor to fight and die for the freedom of their city and its people. 300 also has bit of irony in it, too. The 300 Spartans quite possibly could have held back Xerxes at Thermopylae if it had not been for Ephialtes. Ephialtes felt betrayed by Leonidas so, he informed the Persian command of a hidden trail that would allow them to flank the Spartans and ultimately lead to their defeat. The film is able to make the characters very relatable. There are plenty of close-ups and intense scores of music during important moments to help build emotion. These moments allow you to feel what the characters are feeling and help you to experience their internal struggles.
The main actors in 300 were: Gerard Butler as King Leonidas, Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo, Dominic West as Theron, David Wenham as Dilios, Vincent Regan as Captain, Michael Fassbender as Stelios, Tom Wisdom as Astinos, Andrew Pleavin as Daxos, Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtes, Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes, and Giovani Cimmino as Pleistarchos. The actors are all being impersonator actors as, 300 is actually very accurate. There some exaggerations and details left out but, all in all the film very much capture what it was like to be a Spartan and what actually took place during the Battle of Thermopylae. I believe they also used realism acting in their efforts because, the actors interpretation of their characters make the story believable and you can almost get the feeling that you are actually present in the scenes and for the action. I think the director and the actors had a great feel for what they needed to accomplish in each scene and played off of each other. The actors made the story feel real and believable while, I am sure Snyder knew exactly how he wanted the scene to unfold and conveyed that to them. The settings and movements of each character of the 300 really helped you to understand how determined each one was and how they were able to demoralize the Persians despite their horrible odds. This also helped the viewer to understand how important it was for the Spartans to hold the Hot Gates.
The cinematography is very well used in my opinion. Each scene helps to progress the story and reveals just enough to keep the viewer interested and wanting to know what the next scene will bring or add to the emotional story. 300 is very detailed in its use of lighting and...

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