Wednesday, May 3, 2017
By the Gods!
The entire film was shot in 'green screen,' meaning everything (sets, exteriors, even sometimes costumes) were added later via CGI. I'm not a fan of this at all. It feels like the actors are never physically present anywhere. They're just standing there, in emptiness, with the camera basically remaining static and motion provided by the added computer generated imagery all around them, usually in slow motion. Some of the imagery is beautiful but most of it looks like a computer game. The Spartan landscape in the image above is hopelessly fake looking. Things aren't helped much with cringe dialogue. Stapleton lacks the gravitas Butler had in 300 (2006). Headey reprises her role as Queen Gorgo. Women are shown as equality strong as the much taller and muscular men, which always makes me laugh. But the film does continue with the old tradition started back in the Golden Era of the PEPLUM genre : the accent is on muscular heroes. BTW, the film is 90 minutes long but the end credit is 10 minutes in length!!!