Newest in my venture to watch my movie collection in alphabetical(ish) order. To see other posts in the series, click here. As always, potential Spoiler Alert.
Ah, yes, 300, the movie that stars, in order of importance, Gerard Butler’s accent, abs, and ass.
In slow motion.
It’s almost enough to forgive him the rat-tail he’s sporting.
I’m not gonna lie. I don’t watch this movie for the complex plot or the scintillating dialogue. I watch it for the eye candy.
There’s more to it than that, as there are plenty of eye-candy movies out there that aren’t worth sitting through the non-eye-candy parts. (Looking at you, Magic Mike.) In this case the visuals (even those outside the scantily clad, ridiculously muscled men) are interesting, the music’s decent, and the story, while pretty sparse, at least isn’t your standard rom-com. That all counts in 300‘s favour.
Still, I tend to shut my brain off while watching it. So much so that the following conversation ensues between Ron and I every single time we watch it.
Me: Oh yeah! I always forget Michael Fassbender is in this.
Ron: You say that every time. Right about this spot.
I’m normally not a huge fan of Zakk Snyder films, primarily because of his overuse of slow motion. I’ve seen estimates that 300‘s runtime would be anywhere from 14 to 30 minutes shorter if it was all in real-time speed.
But I think that, this one time, the slow motion works. After all, poetry in motion should be savoured.