There's a lot of buzz about this flick 300. It's a new movie about a very old war. Spartans fighting with the weapons of mass destruction of their day: The bow and a quiver full of arrows. New York Magazine film critic David Edelstein reviewed 300 yesterday on CBS's Sunday Morning news show. Edelstein talked about how computer generated graphics are all the rage these days. Said how he's getting bored with them. He showed some scenes from The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in which characters are seen somersaulting through the air, doing flips and walking up walls. Doing things mere humans could never even imagine doing.
Then he showed a clip from an old Donald O'Connor movie. There was O'Connor, somersaulting through the air, doing flips and walking up walls.
What we were watching wasn't the result of computer generated graphics. O'Connor was actually doing it. An incredible dancer. A remarkable athlete. A born comedian whose jokes were told in body language.
I don't plan on seeing 300. But I might just go to the video store and look for Singin' in the Rain.