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I've got a good feeling about this film. Again.
Go play a video game.
Why? I'm watching one.
just 90 minutes of holding onto the cinema seat, flicking between laughing at all the dumb dialogue and being open-mouthed at how fucking hard the spartans are.
The best thing about it was Chiaroscuro's face after I explained to him how if you were going to read anything into such a film, that it would actually be Persia that represents the US and Sparta who have the closest analogue to fundamentalist terrorism.
I seem to recall hearing the words "You're just WRONG!" 20 times and then he left the room.
Oh yeah, the explanation.
In basic terms:
Persia - massive multi-ethnic/multicultural hegemonic power complete with superior technical, economic and military power to any other comparable regional entity.
USA - massive multi-ethnic/multicultural hegemonic power complete with superior technical, economic and military power to any other comparable regional entity.
Sparta - Small homogenous state fighting bitter defensive war against expansionist/imperialist super-power. Encounters opposition with other Greek states more amenable to Persian influence, while aligning itself to others who aren't.
Al Queda - Culturally homogenous (comparatively - being predominately made up of Arab Sunni Muslims and Muslims of south-east Asian and Indonesian origin, though obviously many more splinter cells harbour anti-Western feelings) group fighting bitter insurgent conflict against expansionist/imperialist super-power. Encounters opposition with the governments of Muslim states more amenable to American influence, while aligning itself to others who aren't.
And so on. Doesn't exactly fit obviously, but it fits better than the mainstream theories that were floating around when the film came out.
Genuinely, it is an interesting case you put forward. However, it's not a case of what America actually is, it's how it perceives itself. And, on a more basic level, it IS about a small band of caucasians fighting waves of faceless darkies. It'd be nice to think Miller had the last laugh about it though.
Shut your face and get your ass to Oxford Street. DOWN I GO!
Trut. However, the only conflicts in which America has found itself the comparative underdog, it was fighting us.
And if anyone has made a habit of fighting waves of faceless darkies, it'd be the major European powers. It'd be a better fit if Sparta represented colonialist Britain or France than the USA.
As for Miller, I guess he did have the last laugh. Not only was the film not about any thing other than a ripping good yarn, he's also fucking rich.
we surrendered !
THIS IS WHERE THEY DIE!
People ask me, "Rob what was the best part of Glastonbury", and I tell them straight "Watching 300 on a massive screen"
My one regret in life is that no-one ever says "What? This is madness!" in my presense. :(
as no-one else fancied seeing it when it was out.
I've photoshopped it a few times. It does look very silly and fun.
But very very very good fun...