Movie Review: 300
I had been looking forward to watching this movie ever since the first previews and after finally seeing it - I wasn't disappointed.
I know enough about history to realize that the movie isn't terribly accurate, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable.
300 is a fictionalized account of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. where Leonidas, King of Sparta, and three hundred warriors confronted the overwhelming forces of Persian ruler Xerxes.
To me it seemed more than just a modern action-packed tale of the Battle of Thermopylae, it seemed an allegory that fits the current struggle against militant Islamists.
In the movie Sparta is depicted protecting the Western Enlightenment principles of reason, freedom, and liberty from the mysticism and tyranny of the Persian empire.
Remind you of anything?
If that doesn't do it for you, the Persian hordes resemble Muslim jihadis, all except the Persian Immortals, who were obviously modeled after Japanese Samurai right down to their swords.
Given that he wrote the story in 1999, I don't think Frank Miller was trying to symbolize President Bush or Muslim jihadists or any current events, but the parallels are hard to miss. Apparently the reason this movie is so pro-freedom is due to Frank Miller's personal views.
The Spartans finds a way to work around spineless politicians who wanted Sparta to submit to Persian imperialism. Fortunately, the heavy losses sustained in that battle didn't dishearten Sparta (or Greece), it served to stiffen their resolve and resulted in their ultimate triumph over the fascism of Persia.
The United States of America can likewise defeat the forces of totalitarian Islamism if we can ignore the voices of cowardice from the Left and remain steadfastly dedicated to victory over those who seek to subjugate or eradicate us.
Yes, we are in the midst of a difficult war, but the odds are firmly in our favor if we can simply have the fortitude to endure. We need our elected leaders to push for victory, not defeat.
Go see 300! If you don't like it, you probably hate America.