A Critical View of Miller's Blockbuster '300'

The movie version of Frank Miller's graphic novel 300 opened Friday to mixed reviews and then dominated at the box office, taking in $70 million over the weekend. Syndicated columnist Victor Davis Hanson offers his take on the stylized account of the battle of Thermopylae, where 300 Spartans held a narrow mountain pass against invading Persians in 480 B.C.

Film Contrast: Loud '300,' Quiet 'Silence'

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A Spartan warrior (Michael Fassbender) leaps over Persian guards in a scene from 300. Warner Bros. hide caption

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A Spartan warrior leaps over Persian guards in the '300.'

A Spartan warrior (Michael Fassbender) leaps over Persian guards in a scene from 300.

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Two debuts: 300 is a fierce, stylized retelling of Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae. Into Great Silence is a documentary about a French monastery where a vow of silence is observed.

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