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May 22, 2013

300 proposal

Filed under: —— Christopher Hayes @ 2:56 pm

Comic books and graphic novels are often known for their vivid violent scenes. The graphic novel 300 is no exception. The most popular comic books, such as The Dark Knight and The Amazing Spiderman, are based off the modern day superheroes that we all know and love today. Then there is a comic book like 300 which is based off a historical moment in history, when the Sparta and Athens along with other Greek city-states united to battle the mighty Persia. 300 (film), directed by Zack Snyder, has tremendous box office success by grossing over $450 million dollars. The results 300 displayed in theaters is most likely not because of it’s connection to the graphic novel written by Frank Miller, many people didn’t know it was based on a novel since the novel was published in 1998 and the film was released in 2007 nearly 10 years later, but because of it’s historical significance. The scenes in the movie are closely related to that of the graphic novel. The movie and the graphic novel maintain the violent nature of the battle with Persia but portray it in a manner that is more appealing then just simply retelling the actual historic battle. 300 most likely wouldn’t have the same prestige without it’s overtly cinematographic violent scenes. Does 300 historic nature enhance it’s value as a film adaptation?

The purpose of this investigation is to demonstrate how the action/violence in 300 draws more attention to the film and its historical significance than if it were displayed without much action. People today are accustomed to violence, it’s what drives our television, and the most successful Hollywood films are those that contain violence, thrill. My goal is to demonstrate that the violence in our movies or books helps movies like 300 that may have an deeper meaning than it would portray on screen. The fantastical aspect that comic books provide helps increase viewership in the story that is being told. In 300 a group of about 300 men take on an army of thousands a for a long time successfully defend themselves from the Persian army. That story in itself may be very interesting to some people who have an interest in Greek culture or history in general.Then add some over intensive fighting in slow motion, with some fantastical enemies and settings, that will increase the viewer output and more people will watch and learn a little bit about the Greek war.

My method of approach for this investigation is to use 300 in comparison to several other historically based films researching the social impact that they had on the public versus the critic reviews each film received. I will also use other adapted films from comic books because most people in this current generation don’t read the comic books before watching the film, so all the influence comes from their on screen perception. Therefore I would also be interesting in seeing how much of an impact the violence/action had on the success of the comic book and film. In addition I will research the critic reviews for the film version of the other comic books to see if the same critique was said about these movies as was said about 300. This will demonstrate how well other comic books and comic book film incorporate violence into their story as oppose to 300.

The possible resources that I may include in my investigative proposal is the graphic novels Kick-Ass, and Watchmen. I feel as if both have aspects of 300 in them but in a different way, and it’ll be interesting to see how much of a role violence plays in the success of the other comics based on how it is portrayed. I will also look at the adapted films, by the same name, of both novels in comparison to the 300 adapted film and novel. In addition I will also research the box office success of some the most popular films based on historic events that doesn’t contain violence to see how much success these type of movies can have in attracting viewers to watch their film. Lastly I will use the movie criticism expertise of Ebert from the Chicago Sun Times and several other critiques using the MRQE critic database, and back it all up with journal entries to support my argument.

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