There are those movies which you know are bad, but are so damn cool you can't deny you like them. Movies like Scarface, The Goonies, and The Warriors come to mind when I think about this, but there's a more recent film that I can add to the list.
I saw 300 in the Cinerama, which is one of the largest screens in the state. I wasn't sure what to expect exactly when I sat to watch the show, but I had a feeling that it would look good if nothing else. You know what? I was right.
300 has campy dialogue, overbearing narration, acting that leaves a lot to be desired, and it displays little care for historical accuracy. The Spartan army is built like the grecko ideal man while the Persians are deformed. Leonidas is the perfect leader; masculine, intelligent, and brave while Xerxes is a megalomaniac. Homoerotic outfits are abound and over used patriotic ramblings are sprinkled throughout. Almost every detail is overly sensationalized to the point I had to remind myself that this film is more based on Frank Miller's comic rather than the actual event.
The film is like eating a big bag of Skittles. Sure it tastes good on the surface, but under all that sugary goodness contains little substance. Still it's hard to find someone who doesn't enjoy tasting the rainbow.
300 has crowd pleasing action which is filmed brilliantly. Instead of using the new method of shaky cam, quick cut nonsense the shots are tight and are held on the action for quite a while. Also it has one of the best sex scenes I've ever seen. Sure at it's core is a mindless action romp, but it's one that doesn't leave you feeling ashamed that you enjoyed it.
"300 is a movie blood-drunk on its own artful excess. Guys of all ages and sexes won't be able to resist it." - Peter Travers