Review: 300: Rise of an Empire
To follow on from a film with the cult status of 300 was always going to be hard. To start, the idea’s been done before…and well. The films main initial appeal was its originality; its visceral colour scheme that has become synonymous with the graphical adaptations of Frank Miller’s work. As such, the balance for any sequel is thrown, a eliqilbric balance of executive expectations and demands (who, working on statistics and market research, believe that more of the same is the formula for success) with the need for a fresh approach.
Conversely, 300 fans will enjoy moments presented to them; and yes, numerous fight scenes are breath-taking, but overall it leads to an unbalanced experience.
Like Frank Miller’s other adaptive sequel this year, Sin City 2, 300: Rise of an Empire has been found lacking. Despite efforts to make a standalone film RoaE relies too heavily on tricks and filming techniques implemented in 300, and as such lacks any sense of daring.
That said, the film isn’t without its moments. Those harnessing a strong home-cinema set-up will find much enjoyment in this release, whilst fans of the series will enjoy a number of the performances presented before them…with notable reference to Eva Green’s Artemisia. As a casual watch there is much to be said for Rise of an Empire.
It is, therefore, just a shame that those behind it couldn’t of had a bit more belief in its ability to standalone.
While the tale of the Spartan men remains one on strength, their cinematic journey is looking tired and disjointed, and one can only hope that this is the last of the Spartan journey…