"300" Kicks Ass

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Went to see it yesterday. Of course, the action sequences were nothing short of awesome. It was just a kick-ass movie, as you can thoroughly gather from the previews. This movie had pretty much everything--hundreds of Spartans, millions of Persians, swords, blood, a giant wolf, gold, severed heads, hot chicks, killer elephants, more blood, explosions, bare boobs, a dude with saws for arms, naked lesbians, even more blood, lots of hand grenades and at least one pissed-off rhinoceros. The fact that the squishy ones don't like it speaks volumes. If not for the unfortunate shortage of zombies, chainsaws, shotguns and Bruce Campbell, "300" would probably be considered the most perfect action movie in the history of mankind. It may be anyway. It kicks that much ass.

Much of the action footage was in the previews, so you've already seen a lot of that. What wasn't as prominent in the previews was the unmistakable and uncompromising political message of "300." Despite what some of the squishy lefties may want you to believe, "300" is a movie of substance. In between the fighting, the shouting, the blood and the naked lesbians, a substantial chunk of screen time was devoted to the political wrangling within Sparta over a conflict that was seen by many Spartans as King Leonidas' conflict, and his alone. While Leonidas is facing the Persians at Thermopylae, his queen maneuvers behind the scenes for the right to address the Spartan council directly. Her message to the council is clear: Freedom isn't free--it must be bought with blood. Leonidas' fight is a necessary fight for freedom, and the Persians were not going away. This was not, as the Persian King Xerxes claims, "a misunderstanding." The differences between the Spartans and Persians could not have been settled by the "sharing of culture" he offers Leonidas. Freedom was at stake, and it could either be defended or abandoned. Negotiation was simply not an option.

Much like "Braveheart," this movie speaks clearly, forcefully and without compromise. The message of this movie could not be clearer. There is no nuance in this film. The philosophy running through this movie was once infused into the very DNA of Westerners, but it is, today, all-too-often forgotten by its people. I believe those principles are still buried in there somewhere, somewhere deep in the hearts of the men and women of the West. As difficult as it may be for some to believe, much of the West is in serious jeopardy today. Many of our enemies can see the weaknesses, but too many of our friends and "allies" can't. "Western" Europe can survive if, and only to the extent that, it regains pride in itself and what it once believed in. In thousands of years of conflict, Europe has never once fallen to Eastern power. If present trends continue, we will likely see Europe fall to the East in our lifetimes. We may very well go to our graves knowing that of all the sons and daughters of Europe who bled and died for Europe throughout recorded history, ours was the generation that let the East take Europe without a fight. The West as a whole will live on only so long as its people recall that freedom is fundamental to what we have, and that what we have built is worth fighting for--and even, if necessary, worth dying for. If we lose that, we are finished.

Go see "300." Go see it again. Take your friends to see it. This movie richly deserves to set some box office records.

Posted by: Ragnar at 10:06 AM

Comments

1 Wow, reading the blurbs at the link it's obvious that the Left feels threatened by the flick. Racists and Nazis and Gays, oh my. When they throw homosexuals over the sidein an attemptto frighten conservatives away,you knowthey're really scared. Planning to see this on Sunday.

Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at March 10, 2007 11:28 AM

2 I dunno, are you sure you didn't catch teh ghey?

Posted by: Rusty at March 10, 2007 11:58 AM

3 The message isn't lost on the libs. It is like pissing in the wind. You would have thought that when Mutanabi street was attacked recently the intellectuals would have seen exactly what is under assault in the wold, for that bomb they set off epitomized why they hate us.

For those who are Iraqi challenged, Mutanabi Street is the intellectual center of Iraq. It is where people of all associations were once safe to meet and talk. Books were sold there and people could sit down to read and discuss what they read without threat of violence or death for the most part. It was the eclectic heart of Baghdad (ec·lec·tic)
–adjective



1.
selecting or choosing from various sources.



2.
made up of what is selected from different sources.



3.
not following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems.



4.
noting or pertaining to works of architecture, decoration, landscaping, etc., produced by a certain person or during a certain period, that derive from a wide range of historic styles, the style in each instance often being chosen for its fancied appropriateness to local tradition, local geography, the purpose to be served, or the cultural background of the client.

Where are the free thinkers now? Islam just delivered their Iraqi bretherne a major league blow and they shuffle their feet and stare at the ground.

They are all a bunch of spinelees pussies. BTW I am still sick with the flu so forgive my vehemence as the worse I feel the more it shows in my comments.

But they are still all pussies.

Posted by: SeeMonk at March 10, 2007 12:01 PM

4 I have not walked into a movie theater since Matrix 1 but I am going to go Sunday and watch 300' would like to wait till next week during the week but I want to get the sales up and Sunday should be needing a pickup.

Posted by: C-Low at March 10, 2007 12:05 PM

5 I'm going to wait for the DVD and then the extended and unrated DVD as I always do with films I know I'm going to love.

Posted by: Hucbald at March 10, 2007 12:39 PM

6 The Spartans were a fascinating people and misunderstood through myth. I have mixed feelings, but not concerning the movie, its underlying message and hopeful impact.

They lived for their state, reducing any notion of individuality. If you were born a male and allowed to survive after birth beyond the initial weaning of being fit for a warrior, after the age of 8 you were no longer in the immediate care of mom. You were trained, brutally, to become a warrior. Many did not survive this. Females lived primarily for one purpose, to breed strong males, and, strong female breeders. Their discipline and cohesiveness was remarkable considering there was no sense of freedom as we know.

What was interesting about their battle with the Persians is they were not unified taking the threat serious. Leonidas was their king but he was only allowed 300 of his men. They had 9,000. Imagine if they could have deployed. But even with the 300 and the few thousand Greeks who were brave but essentially a backup (on land, not sea), they may have stopped the Persian army if the Persians did not find the hidden route to attack from the flank. Historians suspect a Greek spy (traitor) may have revealed this.

The honor of these 300 and the 1000 Athenians who sacrificed themselves for the rest of the Greek army to redeploy in defensive positions, is indeed heroic. Definitly one of the greatest stands in the annals of military history. These were supreme fighters and men of honor for the survival of their homeland.

Posted by: Javapuke at March 10, 2007 12:43 PM

7 Freedom ? most of the people who lived in Sparta were not free, they were slaves. I guess one could say that the Spartans were free to enslave others, and they were certainly free to be gay.
As for how the left/right view this movie, SURPRISE ! They both identify with the heroes. People project what they wish to see. Sooo. Which one is George Bush ??
If I see it, and I probably will not, I might imagine it to be an allegory for my on going battle against the Nigerian spammers: THEY JUST KEEP COMING FORWARD AT ME

Posted by: JOHN RYAN at March 10, 2007 02:45 PM

8 How do I find out if I caught teh ghey? Should I rent "Spartacus" and see if anything comes up?

Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at March 10, 2007 02:53 PM

9 John Ryan is a neutralist and lacks the ability to see anything besides defeat.

Sparta should not be compared to modern day socially for the simple reason that life was different back then. Were it not for Sparta, most of the city states of the time and area would have fallen. It was the prospect of having to fight the Spartans that kept most armies at a distance. They were what they were. The reason only 300 were allowed to go was it was a holy period. They were lucky to get the 300 they did.

Posted by: SeeMonk at March 10, 2007 03:18 PM

10 The philosophy running through this movie was once infused into the
very DNA of Westerners, but it is, today, all-too-often forgotten by
its people. I believe those principles are still buried in there
somewhere, somewhere deep in the hearts of the men and women of the
West.
Ragnar,

glorious post. You have redeemed yourself

By our standards, Sparta was a fascist state, though by the standards of Persia and East they were free because their supreme duty was to each other as Spartans, not to a slavemaster like Xerxes. Of course, I don't expect a Leftard to grasp that, no matter how "nuanced" they claim to be.

Regardless, it was thanks to the Spartans that Western civilization as we know it exists today. Had the Persians conquered Greece, democracy would have been smothered in the crib and we would all be moslem slaves. Because of that, Thermopylae was perhaps the most pivotal battle in all of Western history. The heroes of that battle deserve our eternal gratitude. May their memory never fade.

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at March 10, 2007 03:51 PM

11 If I see it, and I probably will not,

Of course you won't, for all the obvious reasons. One of them probably being that "unlike their mostly black and brown [Persian] foes, the Spartans and their fellow Greeks are white." LOL, Lefards. You really truly don't have the slightest inkling of how ridiculous you look to us, do you.

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at March 10, 2007 04:02 PM

12 Glad you put that "was perhaps" in there Carlos.

Here's hoping there's a sequel, Salamis.

Posted by: Vinnie at March 10, 2007 07:12 PM

13 The only thing that rivals Thermopylae is Xenophon, the march of the Ten Thousand. I wonder if a film about that is in the works?

Just a thought....

Those Greeks really had it going on back then, eh?

Posted by: lonevoice at March 10, 2007 07:38 PM

14 Its probibly better then liberal stuff like DANCES WITH WOLVES

Posted by: sandpiper at March 10, 2007 11:47 PM

15 Saw it with the wife this afternoon. She really liked it, and I adored it. I need to see it on IMAx s soon as I get a chance.

Posted by: NorthernCross at March 11, 2007 03:17 AM

16 Excelllent post. I intend to see this film as nature intended. Big screen! USA, all the way!

Posted by: Michael Weaver at March 11, 2007 07:47 AM

17 John Lyin's just mad because with all the rippling muscles and bare manflesh, there was no ghey pr0n in teh movie.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at March 11, 2007 12:25 PM






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