This is my third review based on some sort of scripture or previous writing. Back then there were comic books and now they are called graphic novels. As we all know the first move, 300 is based on Frank Miller's epic graphic novel of the same name. This movie came out before the graphic novel did. I think that is an interesting marketing ploy.
Not a Sequel or a Prequel
One thing that I was sort of dissapointed to see is that there was no part for Gerard Butler because he made the first 300 so memorable. But, Eva Green totally one upped that expectation of mine and it was a pleasant surprise. She totally made me forget about King Leonidas and made me so intrigued with her motives throughout the film as Artemisia.
Three Strong Periods (Hockey periods)
2. This story isnt romanticized as much as the first 300 film. As I was watching this, I believed that this actually happend and from what I know about Greek history, I felt that this was more accurate to the story. No giants, no monsters, no monsters with razors for arms.
3. I really admired how they had a back story for Xerxes and how he became a God. But, I really enjoyed the back story for Artemisia, how she was abandoned by her own people and thrown into Persia to die. But she was taken in by the King and became this wreckless warrior eventually becoming the leader of the Persian navy. Now that back story felt real and believeable, not say it was real but it was believeable. Xerxes back story was him finding a golden pool and coming out of it a God!
If you didn't see the first film then I would say this film would be very confusing to follow due to the unique story line the movie shows. My favorite part was how Theomisticles goes to Sparta while the Spartan men are at war during the first 300 movie. Here you can tell that this is happening during the first 300 and here he asks Queen Gorgo for Sparta's hand in the War because with out Spartans the rest of Greece has no chance to survive. I like how you can see the contrasts between other Greeks and the Spartans. You see all of these teenaged boys training to become warriors, built to battle versus the middle aged Greek men who do not even compare to the Spartans at all. Queen Gorgo refuses and sends them away saying that they do not want to become part of Greece. This leaves the protagonist, Theomisticles and the rest of Greece hopeless against the Persians. But, Theomisticles gives the Greeks hope and they fight the Persians anyways, despite being completely out numbered! The coolest part of the story is where they are going into final battle and you see Queen Gorgo with her Spartan men traveling on sea, where the movie started off. She just finished telling the story of Theomisticles and his bravery to unite a country and then the Spartans ambush the Persians in the final battle scene of the movie. That part sort of stunned me but I really liked how the story line went back to the beginning of the film where you first here Queen Gorgo leading her men to the battle.
There really isnt much for me to say about this movie because it is one of those movies that I will buy on DVD and watch it 100 more times before I get a good opinion on anything. But, overall if you enjoyed the first 300 and understood everything in it, then this movie is for you.