Friday, April 06, 2007

Movie Review - 300

It has always been a dream of mine... to watch a movie.. first day first show... I am a nerd. A HUGE nerd. I am glad I did it for this movie. So Sathyam theatres... Friday morning.

The movie... is everything I had expected and more. It is not everytime a viral marketing campaign on the internet works... we saw it falter miserably with Snakes on a Plane. But with 300, it worked and the movie made 150 million.

There is a theory that I propose for a viral marketing campaign to suceed. A VM technique is all about expectations... and 300 in all its simplicity, herded all those expectaions towards one narrow gully. Every single person who wanted to watch the movie, expected blood geysers, mountains of gore , and lots of adrenalin pumping in choreographed fight sequences.

We got that... and much much much more. 20 feet tall elephants, a mad charging rhino... ogres, scheming hunchbacks, killing, maiming and slicing through flesh... mountains of dead people , Punch dialogues all through out... and ofcourse I dont think anyone would have played Leonidas better than Gerry Butler. 300 is a case of getting much much more than what you expected during a VM campaign. And the VM campaign makes you expect LOTS of some very small thing.

This movie also works because it depicted the randomness of a war with all the rigid planning of a Spartan. The dialogues would put Liyaquath Ali Khan to shame... Wish Hari and Perarasu would watch this movie and learn hwo to write punch dialogues. Every character has a cool thing to say in even the most hopess situation... and sells the line so damn well !!! Vijay !! your punch dialogues in Pokkiri are kitten mews.. compared to this. I am ashamed and would never watch another Vijay movie again.

300 is a must watch. In the theatre. Playing in Sathyam and INOX. I do nto know how long INOX is going to be up... but watch it. I myself plan to watch it atleast 3 more times.

11 comments:

Sankar said...

loori,
i saw this movie last weekend in IMAX. Watching it in IMAX just adds to all the effects that you had mentioned. It was too good.
The story as such is not that strong... maybe just a single liner. but it was taken nicely. some of the shots had a cartoonish feel to it. but good that it was not taken to an extreme like kill bill.

but loori... i dont understand why you would never watch a vijay movie again... you can definitely watch the movies for the same reason you would watch TR movie etc...

Escape.... Great Escape said...

dei the benchmark has been set for punch dialogues... teh punch dialogues cannot get better than those in 300.

Pareshaan said...

dude you've gotta go see Grindhouse.

cognitive displaysia said...

loori,

i liked 300 too. i think you might like the movie 1971. I saw it today. i don't watch hindi movies very often but i thought this was better than the average movie. see it if you get a chance..

hari

Escape.... Great Escape said...

dei.. how did you rate the music ? i heard a couple of songs and I thought they were above average...

SOme new music director...

nishpeak said...

I agree with 'great escape' about the punch dialogues. After the initial 10 minutes, I had a slight doubt in my mind as to whether I am watching a english movie or 'damil movie'. Anyway, 300 is a decent movie and I have to give credit 'Zack Snyder' for bringing the comic book '300' to life. The '300' movie is an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel 300. The thing i liked about 300 is the noir-style used in the movie. Yes, I am a fan of noir-style. The music is okay, I liked 'Fever Dream' from OST. IMO, this movie is worth the money.

S.Ganesh Kumar said...

Thanks Ramanan!It's because of you that I'
ve come to know of this great movie.Saw it on April 16.Read my review:
http://sganeshkumar.blogspot.com/2007/04/300unadulterated-and-uncompromisingly.html

Escape.... Great Escape said...

Nishanth, the movie is probably one of the best paisa vasool movies after Chandramukhi in Thamizh.

And ganesh... be on the look out for more from Frank Miller. Sin City 2 is oen other similar movie.. though it would almost certainly not feature 1800 abs..

wow power leveling said...

Today is the gold für wow second day of 2009 ,world of warcraft gold it also a mesos special for me .cheap wow gold Because i have cheap maplestory mesos a chance to go to an english speech of LiYang and crazy to learn english follow him . He is a firendly,kindly person who make me feel good.wow gold kaufen What‘s more ,maple story mesos he very confidence .And he make me sure what he can do i also can do,as long as i make a determination and force myself to do it every second,Crazy just like him .wow geld I learn one setence from his book ever :maple story items If you want to succeed always force yourself to do more .I can't agree more with him .wow gold farmen To be honest ,when i was a littel girl i already fall in love with english.But what a pity i am poor in english ,Maple Story Account and it make me feel frustrating .So i want to give up many times ,but i can't as i still love it .So i tell mysefl :if you think you can you can wow leveling,and all your maple story power leveling hard work will pay off.wow power leveling Today i am very happy i can listien this wonderful speech of LiYang. I reap a great benifits from him .maple story money As he say :i am the best ,and every one can do it . world of warcraft power leveling Yes,i belive i can do it if i crazy as he

buy wow gold said...

When the Wow Gold wolf finally found the wow gold cheap hole in the chimney he crawled cheap wow gold down and KERSPLASH right into that kettle of water and that was cheapest wow gold the end of his troubles with the big bad wolf.
game4power.
The next day the Buy Wow Goldlittle pig invited hisbuy gold wow mother over . She said "You see it is just as mttgamingI told you. The way to get along in the world is to do world of warcraft gold things as well as you can." Fortunately for that little pig, he buy cheap wow gold learned that lesson. And he just agamegold lived happily ever after!.

Elizabeth Harris said...

i love watching this
dvd movie
i love the actions, spartans VS Persians...