“300” is not just another comic book movie. And there is enough blood and guts to prove it. The film was directed by Zack Snyder and narrated by David Wenhem, who plays a loyal Spartan soldier named Dilios. Gerard Butler stars in this heroic and brutal film as King Leonidas of Sparta. He leads his army of 300 to battle against one million Persians.
While in Sparta, Queen Gorgo, played by Lena Headley, attempts to rally support for her husband but does not receive much luck until it is too late. The Persians are led by their King Xerxes, played by Rodrigo Santoro, who thinks of himself as a god rather than a king.
Leonidas helps Xerxes realize that he is not a god, for gods cannot bleed. Although victory is not in the hands of Leonidas and his 300 Spartans, they never give up, and they never surrender. This is the Spartan way. They value glory above all, but it comes at a cost of their lives.
Even though this film is labeled historical fantasy, it holds something for everyone. Action/adventure does not begin to describe the film. Comedy is sparked in scenes that you could not imagine but the director fits it in to give the audience another look at the characters.
Horror is illustrated through blood and deformed mutants that battle against the Spartans. Romance is shown through the love that the king and queen share. However, while the king is away, the queen is forced into adultery with a man who tells her that he will help her win the council over to send more warriors.
It is remarkable to see a woman stand up for what is right in a time where a woman’s voice could not be heard.
“300” was pronounced the nineteenth best in box office history after making 70.8 million opening weekend. On opening day it made 28.1 million at the box office. The IMAX grossed 3.6 million opening weekend, and a total of $6.2 million was grossed overseas.
Opening weekend box office hits also include “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” at 135.6 million, “Spiderman” at 114.8 million, and “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” at 108.4 million.