300: A Torrent Of Awesomeness or Just Too Much?

So, is 300 really the “torrent of blood and awesomeness” that Matt says it is (and the preview supports), or does it run out of steam as NPR’s film critic, Kenneth Turan, suggests?

Unless you love violence as much as a spartan, Quentin Tarantino, or a video game playing teenage boy, you will not be endlessly fascinated. The problem is that the visual panache that made Snyder an acclaimed director of commercials works better for 30 second spots than two hour features.

Snyder explained his work to Wired Magazine a few weeks ago.

For now I’m stuck reading up on the Battle of Thermopylae and generally being amused at all the derivative layers in this story: Snyder’s movie, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, based on a 1962 movie, based on Herodutus’ telling of a 2500 year old event.