“It’s a great freakin’ movie.”
I don’t know how else to begin this post. There’s no way for me to really ease into it. Everyone has heard about it, most everyone has seen the trailers. What else is there to cover except that it’s a great freakin’ movie?
Well, there is the historical significance. When I talk to people who have also seen it, they say words like “great visuals” and “full of testosterone” and “wonderful colors” but then there’s nearly always “not much of a plot”. And no, there won’t seem to be much of a plot unless you understand what the movie really means.
The last stand of the 300 Spartans is actually much bigger than 300 soldiers fighting against a million other soldiers in waves of 10,000 to 20,000 (and incredibly defeating each wave). This Persian invasion takes place just before Alexander the Great conquers all of Asia and then the birth of Roman Empire. This is incredibly important to keep in mind.
300 Spartans held a million Persians for 3 days. Their sacrifice inspired and bought time for the rest of Greece to build and prepare the rest of their armies to face Xerxes (and then stop his invasion). If Greece didn’t have that, then it’s highly likely that they would not have been ready to face Xerxes and therefore would have been defeated. Which means… Alexander would never be known as Great. The Roman Empire might not have ever been born (or be as empirical as it was). America as we know Her, and Western civilization and philosophies, most likely would not be what they are today.
So as you can see, there is actually a very very large plot in the movie, it’s just not covered in the dialogue or narration. That last stand of 300 Spartans is momentous. I’m going to see it again, this time at the IMAX. I already have the graphic novel, but I’m going to buy the DVD when it’s released. And then… I don’t know, but I’m sure that I’ll still be quoting lines from the movie.