Totally. Freakin'. Awesome.
I took Larry to see this last night. I'd made plans to go see it Sunday with Wesley before realizing that it was Larry's birthday. So I made a date for us to go yesterday. I think I was more excited about the movie than he was. I'm a Female Oddity in that I hate chick flicks, and there's nothing warm and fuzzy about 300 except one brief moment of paternal introspection from a father who's just lost his son on the battlefield.
Everything in this movie worked for me. The heroes were heroic and the villains were villainous. Is it gory and violent? Oh, yes. But in the context of the story the gore and violence is beautiful. It's an on-screen graphic novel for grown-ups, a pure action movie blissfully free of gratuitous romance.
When the king leaves for battle, his queen doesn't cling to him and cry. Instead, she tells him, "Come back with your shield, or on it."
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