Thursday, September 21, 2006

300

I know I have a habit of getting too excited about a movie based solely on its trailer (for instance my breathless anticipation for the upcoming Prestige), but I think you can tell quite a lot about a movie based on its trailer, even, to some extent, a good hint as to its quality. For instance, after watching the trailer for the upcoming Steven Zaillian film All The King's Men, I get the distinct impression that it's going to be a terrible movie. In a big, star-studded Oscar-bait movie like this, the studio will invariably trot out a few of the best lines or moments from the film for the trailer to entice folks to head out and see the thing when it comes out. And when the movie's best face is so clearly sub-par, as is the case with All the King's Men, inferences can safely be made. (And that it has Jude Law in it makes it that much easier to figure out.)

Of the trailers I've seen in my life, the trailer for Alien and Pearl Harbor are, in my mind, the best ever cut. Well, today I saw another trailer to add to the list. It's a little grainy and it's hosted on a foreign language site at the moment, but it is stunning. The trailer (technically a "promo reel") is for Zach Snyder's upcoming adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel, 300. It retells the legendary story of the 300 Spartans who fought back an attack by the Persians even though they were outnumbered to the tune of several thousand. I think the actual number is so enormous as to strain credulity. As Rodriguez did with Sin City, Snyder's focus with this movie is to bring the spirit and look of Frank Miller's graphic novel to life as faithfully as possible, and I think this is really the only way to go with most graphic novels. The results speak for themselves. Anyway, take a look at the trailer here, and be doubly glad Snyder's also the one in charge of adapting Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen.

13 comments:

noahkey said...

Holy. God.

BOC

Seeking Completion said...

FUCK YEAH.... It is funny we talk about gene manipulation to create “super soldiers” but look no further. Screw the Romans, do as the Spartans do.

P-

Captain Mike said...

For everyone who thought that "Troy" and "Alexander" weren't quite gay enough, Zach Snyder presents "300!"

Craig Moorhead said...

This book was great.

The movie looks cool.

The trailer is a tad long.

blankfist said...

You're a tad long...

Anonymous said...

Greeks are gay.

Nathan said...

They do say "We're SPARTANS!" a whole lot....

Peggy said...

Is "You're a tad long" suppose to be an insult of some kind? It sounds hot to me . . .

blankfist said...

Anybody know where I can find this entire interview? It's uncomfortable, but Clinton is doing his best being that it's Fox News:

video here

blankfist said...

Found it... video link here

blankfist said...

Last time I'll post about this, but check out the Fox spin on the interview... link here

Slimy Fox guys...

harwell said...

Anybody else going into Crane withdrawl?

Nathan said...

yeah. what the hellz he doin?