That was an excellent one.
Let's be realistic.
I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.
Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
Paul Magne Haakonsen
This spoof was based mostly on "300", although there were some other references throughout the movie.There was a good amount of laughs actually to be had here, as well as some rather hilarious scenes.I will say that they actually had good props and costumes for the movie, which really helped lift up the movie to a different level of enjoyment. There are lots and lots of spoofs out there, and not all of them can pull a spoof off quite as well as "Meet the Spartans" did.And the cast were doing good jobs with their given roles. There were some nice talents to the cast list, most of which I hadn't seen before. But it was Kevin Sorbo, after all, that was the pulling point of the movie and he did carry it quite well.If you enjoy these spoof type of movies then "Meet the Spartans" is definitely one that is quite well watching.
Meet the Spartans (2008): Dir: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer / Cast: Sean Maguire, Carmen Electra, Ken Davitian, Kevin Sorbo, Diedrich Bader: A brand new appeal for those barbaric Spartans dudes whose lives are bent around combat. Sean Maguire plays the new Spartan King but the Persians are closing in. The course of action is war. Setup is best written following 300 but after the initial premise, the film becomes episodic and rides into overkill. Too many references to game and reality programs drain much humour. It is as if the filmmakers needed to fill space so they referenced every stupid reality show within reach. Directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are backed with production that mocks its targets. They previously made Date Movie and the pathetic Epic Movie. Maguire is suited for the role of Spartan King but after his introduction where he kicks several people, including pop star Britney Spears into a pit, the film settles for mindless violent idiocy. Carmen Electra as the Queen has her moments but the role is too standard. Ken Davitian is featured as the Persian ruler. Kevin Sorbo plays the Spartan captain of the guard. Diedrich Bader is present just as he usually is but never as good as he was in Office Space. Spartans are met with tremendous attack on pop society that might have sounded good on paper but the results are a mixed. Score: 6 / 10
I hated literally everything about this film. I've never been a big Freidberg and Seltzer fan, but Epic Movie is a nostalgic guilty pleasure. This, on the other hand, is a painful monstrosity of human torture.There's no comedy in this film, I do not consider it a comedy. It does not, in the slightest, attempt to be anything besides vulgar, stupid, and horrible. I honestly don't think they're trying to be funny, because nothing is a joke, it's just a reference extravaganza. You have movie references, youtube references, celebrity references, random butts in your face, etc. It's short, but it feels like an eternity. No scene makes sense and doesn't try to be funny.This is if you let a 12 year old direct. Nothing clever, funny, or even humanely normal. It's just a 86 minutes of random out of nowhere stupidity. I can't think of anything else to say. It's simply unwatchable. I will kill myself if I ever have to watch this again. Complete waste of time, a damnation of mankind.
What can I say? How can a film be so unbelievably bad as this one is?Like other films in this franchise, "Meet the Spartans" was supposed to be a spoof on a particular film, with references to other movies or cultural references thrown in. In this case, the spoof object was "300", a cult film for some, a tedious pop video for others. I thought, just maybe "Meet the Spartans" may be more palatable than the pretentious "300", with some humorous spoofing added to the formula. I could not have been more wrong! "300" made its antecedent "300 Spartans" look like multi Academy Award material. And "Meet the Spartans" made "300" look like high art - a feat in itself!I didn't laugh a single time. I think laughing was supposed to be the point of it, but who knows? Indeed the thought processes, maturity, film-making skill and sense of direction of whoever was ultimately responsible for this dog's breakfast of a movie are not something I would like to investigate closely.In a film in which nothing could be said to be a high point, the really lowest point was an extended rap dancing sequence. (Don't bother asking what rap dancing was doing in this film!) This was an exercise in endurance - it just kept going on - and on - and on. And this sequence probably took up a tenth of the whole hour or so of storyline running time. Or it seemed like it did. But, I hear you say, the movie goes for 86 minutes! Well, after the end of the actual film storyline, the viewer gets to see (apparently all) the out-takes for another interminable period. Were these deemed too funny to be put in the film, or too unfunny, or too irrelevant? Your guess is as good as mine. The editor must have been barkingly high or dead drunk to have got through putting this film together.All I can say in conclusion is thank God I saw this film after taping it from free-to air television so I could watch it later. It allowed me to fast-forward past bits that got just too painful, and it meant that I never had to waste actual money on it. (Although I feel like sending the distributors a bill for my time spent and electricity expended, with an extra loading for having to work with noxious materials!) Not recommended! An outstanding candidate for the worst film I have ever seen. While the earlier movies in this franchise were often quite entertaining, the franchise is now clearly dead, and should be quietly buried for public health reasons.