Movie of the Year:
Almost no film released in 2007 arrived in theaters with higher expectations, but certainly no other actually met those expectations as well as Zack Snyder's comic book adaptation 300
. Recreating writer Frank Miller's graphic novel panel for blood-soaked panel, Snyder upped the creative ante from not only his own previous film, 2004's Dawn of the Dead
remake, but Robert Rodriguez' groundbreaking Miller adaptation Sin City
, in the process telling a majestic story that recalls some of Hollywood's biggest classics, not to mention evokes a storytelling tradition that dates back as far as the earliest Greek and Roman myths. Gerard Butler, previously a fantasy object only for women, became an immortal cinematic hero to all as King Leonidas, the wise, clever, and impossibly-chiseled king of Sparta, while Lena Headey more than holds her own in the film's testosterone-charged ensemble as his headstrong queen. And while to some the film's greatest legacy may be its success facilitating a long-awaited adaptation of Alan Moore's Watchmen, suffice it to say that in 2007, at least, 300
has truly earned its place in movie history.