Ooh, amazing movie - lots of fun to watch in the theater.
to the creator and the actors, it was a fine accomplishment.
I think my favorite scene was the mountain pass, the first time the 'assorted greeks' encounter the Spartans. The Arcadian says something about
bringing more soldiers, and Leonidas takes turns asking the men from the other 'army' what they do for a living, then asks his own men..
"Spartans! What is your profession?"
Chills down my spine...
That, and the line spoken by Leonidas as he stands, surrounded by enemy dead, "there's no reason we can't be civil" - and in the foreground and
background there are Spartans, possessed of an eery calm, armed with long spears, finishing off the wounded. It was brilliant...
Anyway, the controversy is ridiculous in my opinion. It's not as if the Spartans were spared criticism - their callous disregard for life was laid
bare at the very opening of the movie
, their government criticized (worse than the Persians), and in general, they were only sympathetic
characters because of their fierceness in battle and their insane bravery.
It's not as if Sparta was made out to be some Mecca of understanding and compassion and one-world sentiment - they were portrayed as militaristic
nutters. And the Athenians? "Boy-lovers."
And was Persia not hellbent on conquering EVERYTHING at the time, for power and gold and dominion over men? Were the Spartans not the greatest
warriors in the world at the time? Credit where credit is due.
Frankly, I think the more honest nations are about their own history, the less eager they are to repeat their mistakes. There's no harm in having
brutal ancestors - we've all got them. The real harm comes when you can clearly see the flaws of others, but fail to see the same in yourself, I
If one historical inconsistency pissed me off, it was the absence of Spartan slaves in the movie - they were there at the battle, why not the
movie/book? The movie seems to portray the Spartans as being all about personal freedom (and they were), but they were still a slave-owning society,
and Spartan slaves outnumbered Spartan citizens at the battle of Thermopylae (probably 3 -1).
It would have been a better movie, I think, if we saw the Spartan slaves fighting the Persian slaves in at least one scene, because isn't that what
war in any age is about, for the most part?
Still, a very well-done and exciting piece of cinema. I'm a Persian monster, and I give it seven green thumbs up.
(Nobody is stopping the Iranian government or the Mullahs from bankrolling studios to portray Persian history differently - stop complaining and make
your own movie. What's that, you're better at criticizing the work of others than you are at producing your own crystallized artistic visions? I
agree, that sucks, but don't blame Frank Miller...)