Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty… For tonight, we dine in hell!— Spartan King Leonidas
When I did my freebie list yesterday, I mentioned that I wanted to revisit 300. Zack Snyder’s epic movie based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. I wanted to prepare for Watchmen tomorrow.
This movie was heavily promoted on MySpace before the movie was released in March 2007. Unfortunately, I didn’t see it in the theater. I wanted to see it so much. I caught the movie on cable a couple of months later.
The movie sensationalizes the last stand of three hundred Spartan soldiers in the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. It’s not historically accurate, but it would get the viewers to revisit the real life events of King Leonidas and his last stand against the vast Persian army.
I caught a documentary after seeing the film previously on the History Channel called Last Stand of the 300 about the real life events of the battle. It was fantastic to learn about the real life history.
In the movie, the legend of King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) is being retold by a soldier that was by his side, the one-eyed Dilios (David Wenham). The battle starts with the Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) wants to conquer Sparta and enslave the inhabitants. Leonidas doesn’t want that to happen. He goes to war with the Persian army that outnumbers them.
Leonidas employs three hundred of the best Spartan warriors to go into battle with them. There is the Captain (Vincent Regan) and his son, Astinos (Tom Wisdom).
Meanwhile, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) battles with the council to send reinforcements to her husband. One council member, Theron (Dominic West) wants to drive a wedge between Spartan people and the royal family. He has ulterior motives.
The action is so bloody and gory. It’s so cool. The dialogue is a little ridiculous. I have a problem with David Wenham’s accent. What the hell is it?
Judgment: If you want to see lots of bare skin, guys in gay-fetishized outfits and excessive gory violence, then this movie is for you.