300 Movie

2763 Words Nov 6th, 2012 12 Pages
300
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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I found four major internal conflicts present in the film: Leonidas’ unspoken love for his wife, Captain’s unspoken love for his son, Ephialtes’ desire to be needed and wanted, and Queen Gorgo’s struggle to determine how far she will go to help her husband. I believe the film is meant to be symbolic for freedom and the need for people’s sacrifice in the name of freedom. In the film there are 300 Spartans standing up to Xerxes and his, supposedly, millions of soldiers. The 300 not only willing put their life on the line they consider it an honor to fight and die for the freedom of their city and its people. 300 also has bit of irony in it, too. The 300 Spartans quite possibly could have held back Xerxes at Thermopylae if it had not been for Ephialtes. Ephialtes felt betrayed by Leonidas so, he informed the Persian command of a hidden trail that would allow them to flank the Spartans and ultimately lead to their defeat. The film is able to make the characters very relatable. There are plenty of close-ups and intense scores of music during important moments to help build emotion. These moments allow you to feel what the characters are feeling and help you to experience their internal struggles.
Acting
The main actors in 300 were: Gerard Butler as King Leonidas, Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo, Dominic West as Theron, David Wenham as Dilios, Vincent Regan as Captain, Michael Fassbender as Stelios, Tom Wisdom as Astinos, Andrew Pleavin as Daxos, Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtes,…