I've been dying to see this for months. While having Spartans wax on about freedom is a bit rich, the film looks to be otherwise fairly close to the original story and without a doubt well done. Too bad I'll be in Turkey when it comes out.
"...having Spartans wax on about freedom is a bit rich..." All the Greek poleis had what David Hackett Fischer calls "hierarchic liberty". It was an idea of freedom that did not include equality as we think of it. The number of free men was small Still, it was a step on the ladder toward a more general idea of freedom. Under Persian or Egyptian despotism, all were slaves of the emperor. In Greece a minority were free, and had to deliberate and argue and persuade their peers about how to govern and what to do for the common good. And Sparta had this. So Leonidas, like George Washington, would have been serious when speaking about freedom -- if he ever did -- and as a master of helots, or slaves, would have had acutely before his eyes at all times what it meant to be a slave, and why death was far preferable.
of course, should Jessica Alba return many of my friends certainly wouldn't mind.
All jokes aside, I really liked Sin City. And I think The 300 will be just as good. It embraces the influence of the Greek Gods, the supernatural, and the mythical that actually characterized literature and legend from that time. Without that element, you just get warmed-over pap like (Brad Pitt vehicle)Troy or Oliver Stone's Alexander.