100,000 lang pala e

I was expecting a lot of things from the movie “300,” but I wasn’t expecting it to be funny. I was expecting the grand visuals, the epic story, the heroic characters, and yes, over-developed pectorals, but I wasn’t expecting it to be funny. Those Spartans have mastered the art of trash talking to the grandest degree. If it had been a battle of arrogance they would have handily won with nary a single casualty, never mind Xerxes’ delusions of divinity. “Nobody’s allowed to die tonight!” “Kneel before you? You see I’m going to have a problem with that. The whole morning spent killing your men has cramped my knees” “We might as well have sent our women to fight, judging from what I’ve seen so far.” He he, kulang na lang sabihing “Wala ka sa lolo ko!”

I guess that kind of treatment was just right, because if they’ve taken themselves seriously they would have looked, well, ridiculous. This way, it’s like, we’re going to get killed anyway, might as well have fun doing it. A friend of mine told me that was really the style in the Frank Miller graphic novel, which of course really intrigued me. I wonder where can I borrow one🙂

However, the overly-stylized treatment did not really sit well with David Wenham and Rodrigo Santoro, both of which were quite unrecognizable from how they looked in the movies I remember them from, The Lord of the Rings and Love, Actually. Rodrigo Santoro, especially. I was like, sya yun?? His Xerxes was hilarious. I thought he was just a decoy lyp-synching his lines and the real Xerxes, who would turn out to be James Earl Jones, was hidden somewhere behind. Of course, believing himself to be immortal, Xerxes would see no need for a decoy, and would boldly show himself within spear range of his enemies. Too bad Leonidas missed. As for Faramir, este, David Wenham, let’s just say that he finally had his Aragornic speech in this movie, and I half expected him to declare “For Frodo!” instead of “To Victory” towards the end.

In the movie Letters from Iwo Jima, a friend of mine told me that she kept reminding herself that things won’t turn out better for the Japanese, that they lost the war, that the characters she had been in growing sympathy for would very likely die. In 300, everybody knows they’re going to die, and there’s really no sympathy about it, there’s more like glee. I mean, Leonidas would have felt cheated somehow if he’d emerged from that battle alive. He would have done his damnedest to make sure that he died, only asking for eternal glory in return. But of course.

And I don’t agree with those who are complaining that there are too many slow mos in the film. I think that the slash-thrust-parry-occasional-kick fighting style of the Spartans can be developed into an aerobics work-out, complete with shield para may weight training pa, o diba. Calling gym instructors out there, you can offer a “Spartan’s Delight” gym class and maybe, just maybe, I’ll sign up. Depends. If the instructor has muscles like Gerard Butler’s, ha ha. (Actually, the muscles had me a bit bothered. Why the overly-sculpted torso and then smooth thighs?)

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one of their fighting strategies – may I tulak lang ng kalaban over the cliff. which of course begs the question, aren’t there other persian forces who could have come up behind them and pushed them as well?

10 thoughts on “100,000 lang pala e

  1. kurokuroko March 12, 2007 at 7:13 am Reply

    haha. parang di mo masyadong gusto iyung movie. i loved it so much. read my entry about it din.🙂

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  2. v March 12, 2007 at 5:52 pm Reply

    I haven’t seen the movie. I wanted to see it, all though I’m not much a fan of bashing and trashing… It seems that your review was funny too Ate!

    Rodrigo Santoro was in The Lord of the Rings? Really? Where? Alam ko lang Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle at Love, Actually.

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  3. rina March 13, 2007 at 12:41 am Reply

    no, david wenham in LOTR, rodrigo santoro in love, actually. and i didn’t even know about the charlie’s angels, nyeks

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  4. Dominique March 15, 2007 at 2:57 pm Reply

    “300” is really best viewed after reading the comic. It’s great for a frame by frame comparison between the comic and the movie. As to historical accuracy…meh! It really feels more like a fantasy movie.

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  5. noreen March 16, 2007 at 4:47 am Reply

    medyo hesitant ako manood nito. after reading ur entry, di na talaga ako manonood!😀

    oi, i saw grey’s anatomy sa studio 23 kagabi. season 2 na un at kakapanood ko lang nun last year sa dvd pero pinanood ko uli. may season 3 ka na ba? dapat talaga matuloy na tayo mag starbucks!😀

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  6. rina March 16, 2007 at 5:21 am Reply

    noreen: hindi, aliw sya, i just chose to dwell on the funny side, he he. tara panoorin natin!🙂
    ongoing yung season 3 at syempre up-to-date ako, he he… mga 18 episodes na yata. pero data files, hindi dvd format

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  7. rndl March 17, 2007 at 2:46 am Reply

    psst. Leonidas DIDN’T miss. Remember his promise to Xerxes to make him bleed at the earlier part of the movie? Leonidas merely aimed at those wierd cheek piercings that Xerxes had and, from fifty to a hundred yards away, let his spear fly to skewer those rings and rip them off, thus fulfilling his promise to Xerxes and us, the bloodthirsty audience. He didn’t miss🙂

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  8. rina March 18, 2007 at 10:54 am Reply

    syempre rushing to the defense si rndl! o sya sya, he didn’t miss. i guess he just wanted to see the look on xerxes’ face when he realized that he was mortal after all😀

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  9. Rndl March 23, 2007 at 6:38 am Reply

    I didn’t exactly rush, panget.🙂

    Pag ikaw multuhin at itulak sa cliff ng mga multong Spartan sorry na lang ha, I did try to help. Panget.

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  10. ephiates April 5, 2007 at 10:17 pm Reply

    Leonidas should’ve killed Xerxes the same way he killed that wolf

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