Saturday, March 1, 2008

Another good reason to buy the "300" DVD-Sudhir Mishra hates the film

Sudhir Mishra hates 300

There are good reasons to watch "300"-
Spartacus and Ben-Hur, 300 is about bravery, freedom, honor, and country. These are universal themes. But universal themes that will offend liberals(i.e. leftists -ed) because they’re not defended in a PC fashion.
It’s impossible not to compare the enemy in 300 to the current Islamofascists. The Persians are ruled by a theocracy; a king, Xerxes, who looks like a Culture Club refugee, fancies himself a god, and demands to be worshipped. The Persian ambition is to conquer those willing to convert, and butcher those who refuse. To convert some, Xerxes promises them paradise — especially a lot of hot women. Maybe not seventy-two. Certainly not virgins. But it’s all pretty familiar.

But story is everything. And the biggest reason 300’s successful is because its central story is exciting and well plotted.

I’ve no doubt critics (I don’t read them until I post my own review) are calling 300 old-fashioned, and worse. But they’re wrong. After forty years of liberal rule in Hollywood it is nihilism that’s old-fashioned. It is moral relativism that is tired. It is political correctness, the always-noble people of color, the always-evil white guy, and the metrosexual that is cliched. A film with a clear divide between good and evil is something new. A film that celebrates patriotism, heroism, sacrifice, freedom, and honor is something revolutionary. In 1955 300 would be old-fashioned. In 2007 it makes a counter-culture statement as strong as Easy Rider in its day.

(emphasis mine)
(go read the whole wonderful review of 300 by Dirty Harry)

Now there is another good reason to go buy that "300" DVD-
trendy leftist director Sudhir Mishra hates it.

Update- to be fair to Mishra, he is the writer of one the best Indian comedy films Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro and I thought his Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin was interesting. His only recent film I have seen was Chameli, which I found predictable and pretentiously yawn inducing.

Also to his credit, he defends the right of others to show 'offensive' films. If only other leftists were like that.