300: Rise of an Empire….and blood….lots of blood….
So it’s finally happened. For years now we’ve been hearing about how there was going to be a sequel to the surprise hit 300. Which, of course, begged the question of what was left to tell. We already got the Battle of Thermopylae in all its gory glory and the very last shot is that of the Battle of Plataea which finished off the Persian invasion once and for all. For this installment we get what was more or less going on at the same time, but on the water elsewhere. And it is GLORIOUS. This movie easily falls into the category of “historical fiction,” and fiction it is – because while they do hit the major points of what was going on, they take some generous liberties for the sake of streamlining the story and making an entertaining film. Not that I’m complaining. I actually really enjoyed the movie, and while it’s not as game-changing as the first one was, it was a worthy successor.
First of all, if you enjoyed 300, you’ll enjoy this film. If you hated it, you’ll probably hate this film for much the same reason. It’s clear that the filmmakers looked at what was most loved about the original and said, “more, more, more!” Innovative camera shots, color schemes and lighting…More! Slow-mo action sequences so as to not miss a single frame of swords slashing through flesh and blood…More! A man buffet of six-pack abs…More! Gushing Continue reading