300 Movie

2775 words 12 pages
Jonathan Hewitt
ENG 225
Cicely Denean-Cobb
October 2, 2012

The film I have chosen to do my critique on is Zack Snyder’s 300. 300 is a film about King Leonidas, the King of Sparta, and his 300 Spartan warriors who all stood up against the God-king Xerxes and his massive Persian army from annihilation. After watching the film very closely for my critique I believe there is a serious underlying theme that everyone has the right to be free and sometimes you have to stand up and make sacrifices to keep your freedom. Standing up for freedom is never an easy task as shown in 300 but, everyone deserves to be free. In discussing the storytelling, acting, cinematography, editing, sound, style and directing, the impact of society on the
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There some exaggerations and details left out but, all in all the film very much capture what it was like to be a Spartan and what actually took place during the Battle of Thermopylae. I believe they also used realism acting in their efforts because, the actors interpretation of their characters make the story believable and you can almost get the feeling that you are actually present in the scenes and for the action. I think the director and the actors had a great feel for what they needed to accomplish in each scene and played off of each other. The actors made the story feel real and believable while, I am sure Snyder knew exactly how he wanted the scene to unfold and conveyed that to them. The settings and movements of each character of the 300 really helped you to understand how determined each one was and how they were able to demoralize the Persians despite their horrible odds. This also helped the viewer to understand how important it was for the Spartans to hold the Hot Gates.
The cinematography is very well used in my opinion. Each scene helps to progress the story and reveals just enough to keep the viewer interested and wanting to know what the next scene will bring or add to the emotional story. 300 is very detailed in its use of lighting and color. The details the lighting and color add and reveal in each scene’s environment add a dramatic effect to each one which, also helps to bring the story to life.


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