Stop reading into 300 and start enjoying it

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “300 movie reviewer on crack”
Mar. 16, 2007

To the Editor:
Reading Tyler Totten’s rant against 300 in Friday’s Gazette nearly made my head explode. Despite his totally missing the point of the movie, I must give Totten credit for giving his thesaurus a workout. I wonder how often “magniloquence” and “compunction” come up in his daily conversations. Next time, try looking up this big word: lexiphanic. As in, “employing pretentious words; using overblown language in speech or writing.”

Because I’m a nice guy, I’ll give Totten another free piece of advice. When you watch a movie like 300, leave your pompous critic hat at home. 300 is the most accurate comic-book-to-movie translation yet. Frank Miller’s original work wasn’t heavy on plot or characterization and it wasn’t meant to be. 300 was designed to be a feast for the eyes, as demonstrated by its two-page “widescreen” format. Miller and Lynn Varley created a masterpiece that proved art can dominate plot. The movie faithfully follows this example with stunning results.

It’s the story’s simplicity that has let so many people come out seeing whatever they want to see. So no, 300 isn’t subliminally trying to say anything. It’s a comic book drawn with ultra-stylized characters and now a movie that has brought those characters to life. Grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy. Don’t waste time analyzing each scene; you’ll miss the art.
"Dave Allison
Software Engineering IV

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