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These men eat Yorkie bars
on 2 September 2013
If you're thinking of watching `300' then be prepare for some of the manliest macho men ever to move their muscles.
It's an action movie. I'm almost tempted to say it would probably be enjoyed by `men only' if it wasn't for the fact that numerous female friends of mine also love it (only for completely different reasons).
If you're a guy, you'll love the epic (and `uber-cool') stylised fight scenes. If you're a girl... well, there are numerous men who don't wear that many clothes and make me feel terribly inadequate.
It's about those - unsung cinematic bad-guys - the Persians. They only decide to pick a fight with Greece (or, the Spartans, to be precise). But Sparta - despite boasting how they train their men to fight from birth - have suddenly discovered their sensitive side and refuse to fight. But, luckily, they have a semi-Scottish king (Gerard Butler) who is well up for a scrap - any time, anywhere. And so he leads 300 of his finest drinking buddies and promises them death or glory (or just death, but they don't seem to care).
What follows is nearly an hour and a half of some of the most stylish violence even committed to the silver screen.
And it's enormous fun - silly fun, but still enormous fun. The whole film (despite originally having some roots in an ancient Greek legend), was based on a comic book. If this did ever happen (and some say it did), I doubt the Spartans were faced with mutant rhinos, giants, ninjas, wizards and time-travelling cyborgs from the future (I might have made that last one up). However, this is an action film and who cares about factual accuracies here?
This film is not realistic and it's not meant to be. It's meant to be fun. And it is. Enjoy... for SPARTA!