300 had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival last night, but according to Cinematical, an earlier press screening did not go well:
It started shortly after the opening credits; small groups of folks began heading for the door. It got worse when the main villain appeared on screen and all the audience could do was laugh. And, yes, it ended when whatever was left of a packed house booed Zack Snyder’s 300 as the end credits scrolled up the screen — once and for all squashing all rumors that this film would sparkle, dazzle and unite moviegoers from around the globe in the belief that 300 would be the first great flick of 2007.
While most reviewers have had to change their astronaut diapers after seeing the movie, whether fanboys or Hollywood types, this is the first big thumbs down.
UPDATE: It’s now been made clear that this was a press screening and not the World Premiere, at which, according to a report at (where else) GerardButler.net, the actual premiere received a standing ovation. Questions were reportedly hostile at the press conference, however. We haven’t had a chance to watch it, but it’s available here under 2/14.