Several opinions can be derived from the movie 300. It is essential to recognize the efforts that were employed in putting together the thoughts behind the creation of the movie. This is achievable by analyzing the thoughts behind the choice of media. The set of the movie is a battleground where three hundred Spartans were facing thousands of enemy soldiers. The movie is inspirational especially for the message that is supposed to pass and the target audience. In order to appreciate the value of the movie, it is necessary to analyze the chosen media (Bennett 43). The question whether the chosen media is positive or negative to the society is essential. This is in appreciating the significance of the film.
The use of films to tell stories has been in effect for the practicality in conveying the intended message. In this case, the film was intended to show the determination and courage of the Spartan fighters. This was despite the might and number of the Persians. One would argue that the story would be just as good if it were left in its comic media. This argument has some truth in it, but one must consider the motive behind the choice of media.
The film is essential in revealing some attribute of the story that would not be expressed in literature. Some of the expressions that cannot be easily identified by readers are the feelings of the characters involved. Unlike film, the audience would not be able to tell the exact feeling or emotions that may have been portrayed. One would want to see the expression on the faces of the Spartan Soldiers who knew they were outnumbered by the Persians. This was necessary before they pursued them. This would not be illustrated in the literature for the amount of detail required would require vivid expressions.
The Spartans were facing Persians who wanted to rule the entire world. They were known and feared for their Tyranny and mercilessness. The Spartans would have stood back and planned on running away from the enemy. Instead, they chose to face their feared enemy. There are a lot of details that the audience would want to know or get the experience on the ground. This would not be revealed if the chosen media was limited to literature. The Spartans were strategic in their war against the Persians as they prevailed against them.
One would argue about the inaccuracy of the film due to the use of monster like creatures in the story. This is true considering the Persians were supposed to be human soldiers. The sizes of the Spartan Soldiers seemed to be exaggerated which could be the reason why they were feared. The war between the Spartans and Persians was the main point of the story. This is where the determination and fearlessness of the Spartan fighters is revealed as required in the story.
There are concerns from some quarters that the movie is not at par with reality. The reason could be that the Spartans killed about ten thousand Persians in the first day of battle (Hockfield 37). This is unrealistic when analyzed from a reality point of view as one would want to see it. One can also understand that the intention of a film is to educate and entertain at the same time. The idea that the Spartans slain many Persian soldiers is partly true because they had a good strategy.
One could also argue that they were lucky and thus they would defeat their enemy. Different views can be gathered from the analysis of the film which could be positive or negative to the society. The negative part of the choice of media is the amount and intensity of violence portrayed in the film. The violence could be seen in a negative light as it can be easily emulated by young children and youths. The film is a fantasy story that is likely to attract a big audience all over the world.
Violent scenes and other images can have a negative impact on society. Some of the youths who love watching fantasy stories are likely to borrow some of the content they acquire. They might apply what they learn from the film and directly apply them in their lives (Smith 77). Some of the negative effects that society would be concerned about are including violence and use of course language.
The film has some positive lessons that can be derived from it. Some of the lessons that can be derived from the movie are the value of appreciating ancient culture. One is exposed to the supposed ancient ways of doing things including leadership traits. Some of the traits that are evident from the movie are loyalty and the drive to fight for one’s rights. The movie may have negative attributes that are not good for the society, but the positive lessons are greater than negative attributes. The choice of media for the film 300 is appropriate and positive to the society. This is because of the benefits that can be derived from the story.
Bennett, Tara, and Zack Snyder. 300: The Art of the Film. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2007. Print.
Hockfield, Victoria. Comparing the Movie, 300 to the Real Life Events of the Battle of Thermopylae. BiblioBazaar. 2011. Print
Smith, Star. More than Meets the Eye: 300 Movie VS. Historical at Thermopylae. GRIN Vertlag copyright. 2012. Print