So, I saw 300 this weekend. I have no time or energy for a comprehensive review. It was entertaining, as far as movies about one big battle with no real plot to speak of go. It was pornography for everyone: war porn, gay porn, porn for the ladies, porn for the dudes. Mostly it just made me want to go watch Braveheart (which I did, this weekend). A few thoughts, though:

  • It actually did a fair job of being rather historically accurate, plotwise, at least insofar as we actually know what happened at Thermopylae. Unfortunately this is why it was a little boring.
  • It was a little racist. I mean, I realize it's historical fantasy, but the Persians were almost entirely: a) very non-white, b) deformed, c) monster/fantasy creature, d) hideous, e) adrogynous, or f) all of the above. The Greeks, the stalwart defenders and harbingers of modern free society (uhm, right.), on the other hand, were all very white rugged handsome men with flawless abs, long flowing hair, and smart beards. I'm just sayin. Not exactly subtle, guys.
  • The Lord of the Rings called, they want their orcs back.
  • Xerxes I was, in fact, Dhalsim from Street Fighter II. Who knew?
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  • http://mycropht.wordpress.com Kat Coble

    It wasn’t NEARLY as racist as mammy dolls…

  • http://chris.quietlife.net Chris

    Heh, no. And it probably owes more of its racism to Tolkien influence/ripoff on the fantasy side than it does via any institutional racism on the history/political

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/the8rgrl/ steph

    I felt pretty much the same about it. I mean, it was gorgeous and enjoyable, but pretty jingoist, and the strapping dudes sort of looked like they were ready to be in Hercules: The Big Gay Musical.

    By the way, I like your blog. And photos.

  • http://cuthulu.blogspot.com/ Kevan

    I don’t think there was any racism in Tolkien’s works. Orcs were not meant to represent a particular human “race”, and, if you read it as allegory, which Tolkien denied it was, then Orcs are better explained as the darker, facist side of any human being. Just defendin’ my main dude, Ol’ J.R.R.

  • Scavenger

    Your are so stupien