Saturday, September 13, 2008
Sometimes the most terrible and awful things can have a peculiar beauty. I think, for example, of atomic explosions.
300 is a wretchedly bad piece of shit. I spent the better part of a year reading Herodotus in my early twenties--I don't recall Xerxes using dinosaurs and Orcs and trolls to conquer the world. Nor do I recall Spartans giving a rat's ass for "freedom." But of course this is a comic book, an alternate reality history, so all that's fine. If it's interesting. The only thing interesting about 300 was its ability to plumb new depths of silliness.
And yet 300 was entertaining now and again, and strangely lovely. Lots of really hot guys oiled up and grappling each other in slow-mo make anything worthwhile. Oh, and naked chicks too! That's really why I liked it. Yeah. Especially the red-headed oracle. Whoof.