Leonidas may be king, but Spartans are free men who will die for that freedom -- in cod pieces to a heavy metal soundtrack. Meanwhile, his queen is quoting W in an attempt to get Congress to send more troops to support her husband, "Freedom isn't free." (Thank Artemis, I gave most of my free popcorn to Matt, or I would have vomited all over that line of dialogue.) It just seems like the type of movie that plays on the aimless anger and unformed idealism of drifting 18 year olds. Hey kids, are you tough, freedom-loving Spartans or perverted Persians? Join the Army. Join the Marines. Semper Fidelis! Blood is sexy, military actions can be pornographic, battle is righteous and titillating.
But aesthetically, the movie is wonderful -- and Matt and I agreed that the closing shot of the battlefield in and of itself was worth the half price admission.
Oh, and Dominic West is sexy, too.