300 is based on Frank Miller’s comic-book of the same name. It creatively re-tells the story of the Battle of Thermopyl?, where 300 spartan warriors held their ground against a persion army of millions.
300 is an extremely stylistic action porno with lots of slow-motion and gallons of blood splatter. It’s the sort of movie that garners grunts, snickers and “Hell yeah”s from the cinema audience. For what it tries to be, it succeeds immensely. It’s one of the best action movies I’ve seen in a long time.
For the action, I give two stars. For the style and art direction, I give another two. This leaves room for two more stars that should’ve been depth and character development. As it stands, 300 is an extremely cool looking exhilerating action flick. Unfortunately, that’s also all it is. The emotional attachment in say, The Lord of the Rings, could really have done wonders for 300.
See also Mr. Cabanillas more indepth review.