Posted by: greercn | March 14, 2014

300: Rise Of An Empire

If you liked “300”, you’ll love this. Neither a sequel nor a prequel, it is a coquel (my very own new word) that happens at about the same time as “300”, but in a different place.

With plenty of style, gore, guts and blood, fans of sword and sandals stuff should go for the 3D, so that the maximum amount of red goop flows towards the viewer and for the greatest enjoyment of the epically magnificent bodies on show here.

And, yes, I can confirm that while most of the bodies are male, Eva Green does show off her breasts.

Apart from the fact that she looks and sounds great, it’s nice to see one of the few women generals in history brought to the screen.

You can see this without having seen “300” as they key events are revisited.

In a mostly young male and very full audience at Stratford East Picturehouse, I fear I was the only person wondering two things. Why has the colon (:) become so popular in movie titles, all of a sudden? And why are the stories of Darius, Xerxes, Artemisia and Themistocles – all fascinating in real history – so utterly perverted here?

Xerxes never actually pranced around in gold chains. Artemisia didn’t wear leather and her story is very different from that told in the film. Darius died in a different way. But these are just quibbles. Why let the historical truth get in the way of so many wonderful battle scenes and sumptuous ships?

It’s totally enjoyable. It is what it is. Cod history and grand special effects meld in a breathless heap of bodies.

Just treat it like it’s a carnival ride for the eyes and enjoy the sights. Reread the history later. Just this once, the reality is way better than the movie, albeit the books feature fewer toned torsos.



  1. Good review Greer. It’s a lot dumber than the first, but still not nearly as fun. It’s just an okay watch, I guess.

  2. Thank you! I liked it much more than I should have. Another guilty pleasure!

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