300 The power Of Mythology
300 is not a historically accurate period piece like Gladiator or Troy. Rather, it is a visually stunning masterpiece told in the tradition of movies from the past like Jason and the Argonauts, Sinbad, and The Clash of the Titans. 300 uses modern movie magic to bring forth the old story by the burning fire, a tale of a legendary king, Leonidas (Gerard Butler), who leads a troop of three hundred Spartans to face sure death at the hands of Xerxes’s (Rodrigo Santoro) league of a thousand nations. This is a movie that is visually sensuous, with bold beautiful colors that border on erotic, filled with majestic violence, and littered with imagery that transcends the bizarre and mystical nature of mythology.
The tale starts around the campfire, as the narrator, the lone survivor of Thermopylae, tells of the deeds of his lost king, as they fight at the hot Gates against the innumerable horde of the Persian Dynasty. Beneath a copper sky, in a copper land, bronzed Spartans stand shield to shield against the barbarian savages as blood and bodies stack up, horses and elephants are butchered, and giant disfigured men and strange wizards bring their savagery against the phalanxes of the Spartan army. The dead form mountains as the days wear on, and Xerxes’s delusion of godhood is put to the test against the lone Spartan cry for freedom in an ancient world.
This movie is heaped in gorgeous symbolism rather than historical accuracy. There is a scene where Leonidas pushes the Persian emissary down a well. The well looks more like a giant bottomless pit, then anything you fetch for water, but reality is not the point in 300. This is a story of mythology, where strange old men live atop mountains and consult oracles, and where a few men stood against millions for the freedom of western civilization.
Too many critics have gone to this movie expecting it to solve the world’s woes, to explain the dawn of reason, and to solve age old questions. Did man sit around the fires at night to argue reason? No, that was left for the day. The night belonged to tales of fancy, of ghost stories, and the bold legends of heroes. If you have any issues relating to the place and how to use Industrial, you can contact us at our own web page. If you go to 300 expecting historical accuracy, then you are a fool. But if you go to see a grand story that is just a story, if you enjoy fantasy and mythology, enjoy larger than life symbolism of monsters, magic, mayhem, and the fantastic world we live in, then 300 was made for you.