300 Gets Booed At Berlin Film Festival

The release of Zack Snyder’s big screen adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel 300 is only a few weeks away now, and a lot of people are understandably excited. There’s been plenty of hype building as a result of the beautiful trailers, and make no mistake, the look of this movie seems absolutely gorgeous. Personally, however, I have remained unconvinced that the visuals alone would carry it, and I’ve been a bit concerned that the movie will feel too artificial and, more importantly, too damn macho. This week the movie premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and at an early press screening the audience was not impressed: “It started shortly after the opening credits; small groups of folks began heading for the door. It got worse when the main villain appeared on screen and all the audience could do was laugh. And, yes, it ended when whatever was left of a packed house booed Zack Snyder’s 300 as the end credits scrolled up the screen.”

Now we seem to hear a lot of these stories about certain movies getting standing ovations or boos at various festivals, and let’s face it, it doesn’t mean much. There’s always the possibility that the movie simply doesn’t play well to a European crowd. Still, I can’t help but feel this is an indication that the film is simply too much to take seriously. Will it still be a success in North America? Erik Davis at Cinematical doesn’t think so. On the other hand, IGN gave the movie a perfect 5 out of 5 rating, but can you really take a video game website seriously when it comes to a movie like this? One thing’s for sure… I’m more curious than ever to see this supposed masterpiece. 300 hits theatres on March 9th.

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  • I was actually quite surprised to see this on Berlin’s Festival lineup. It seemed a bit out of place along the rest of the entries.

    I’m still looking forward to seeing it.

  • Henrik

    I’m not surprised. European artsnobs can not appreciate this balls-out american kickass action movie.

    Seriously, this movie looks ridiculous. Uninspired, uncreative, uninteresting, but easily marketed.

  • Mike

    You’ve been duped.

    The film received a standing ovation as well as spontaneous applause and cheers during the film. The blogger who posted on cinematical from which you snagged your report is a bogus fraud.

    There were 1700 in the audience – packed house. Ask those people how awesome the film was not some dorkhead with personal issues.

  • Were you there Mike? And if so, what did YOU think of the film?

  • Well the guy who posted on Cinematical was not some anonymous scooper like those frequently seen at Ain’t It Cool News, he is a long-time writer and contributor to Cinematical and I linked directly to his review. Obviously he saw the movie himself, and didn’t like it. Whether or not he witnessed the booing himself, I’m not sure, but it sounds like he did.

  • Ian

    The real question at hand is if they use the Nine Inch Nails music from the trailer in the movie and possibly if they use more? But certainly it’s no surprise that an action movie didn’t play well at a film fest even if it didn’t play all that badly. I expect the movie will be pretty fun to look at but not as good as episode XXV of Samurai Jack which was also influenced by the Frank Miller comic.

  • Pacifistopheles

    I usually find movie trailers more entertaining than the films themselves. (And no, I’m not part of the MTV generation.) With that said, I thought the movie trailer for 300 to be the most kick-ass promo ever, and I can’t possibly conceive how the film could be bad.

    Then again, the last kick-ass promo I remember was for that Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, and Gwynneth Paltrow flick… um, Captain Skyhawk and the Future of Tomorrow? You know what film I’m talking about. Actually, I haven’t seen the film because everyone said the movie was bad. I have the DVD buried under a pile of VHS tapes in my house. Maybe I should dig it out, watch it, and form my own opinion.

    If you don’t print a retraction to this Berlin Film Festival report, then I’ll believe 300 is bad and I won’t bother seeing it. At least I enjoyed the movie trailer.

  • CM

    I fully agree with you Mike, when a film is receiving ‘AMAZING’ reviews , which it is , some despicable people will post a fake ‘bad’ review which will bring alot of attention to them …EriC Davis’name is mud as far as im concerned…

    here is another ‘just in’ review - http://www.londonist.com/archives/2007/02/300.php

    its just ashame that we have to wait till march to see for ourselves !