Perhaps the most unpleasant thing I got was that only Greeks were allowed to be the good guys. Among the bad guys we had Persians, blacks, arabs, disfigured people and an androgynous god-king. It kinda left a bad taste in my mouth. On the other hand, I think Ephialtes definitely made the right choice: would you rather stick with the uptight, fascistic Spartans, or the Persians with ungodly gorgeous whores who almost seemed turned on by your grotesque appearance? I know what hat I'd be wearing.
This was my feeling exactly: Xerxes most definitely organised the best parties! I'm not surprised it's p*ssed off the Iranians - those Mullahs would never allow them that much fun...
The overall effect is that the movie is going to send me back to the history books - in fact I would rather had more historical accuracy than the comic book elements. Xerxes was pure camp, and it certainly seemed after a while that we had tumbled through a gap in the space-time continuum into Middle-Earth - with Haradhrim, Orcs, Trolls and even oliphaunts on the rampage, mixed up somehow with the occupants of a travelling circus-cum-vaudeville sideshow. The much-trumpeted violence was of the video-arcade variety with (as Scott Oden has noted on his blog) minimum blood. Someone can be beheaded in slow-motion with not so much as a spurt. I'm no gorehound, but this stuck out like a sore thumb!
I don't begrudge the ticket price, and I might even buy the dvd if I saw it in a sale, but really this was a bit of a disappointment overall. But all good fun if you're not too bothered about historical accuracy or non-PCness.
I went into it telling myself not to get hung up on the historical inaccuracies. I pretty much knew it'd be heavily cheesed, and the artsy fartsy sex scene was unnecessary too (even though shes a fit lass ofcourse ). Thought it was a fun view aslong as its taken with a pinch of salt.
I have seen another film based on this same battle, though much older, it must be a 50's to 60's version. Anybody know the name of it?