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300: Rise of an Empire (mini-review)

Finally got around to seeing 300: Rise of an Empire. I found it deliciously silly; the main character is actually Artemisia, and Eva Green's performance is beautifully over the top. Themistocles comes across as a Greek Wallace making Braveheart speeches wherever he goes; most of the time he's such a one note character that by the end it's amusing whenever he opens his mouth.  The sex scene with Themistocles and Artemisia is also hilarious.  The re-enacted naval battles manage to be obviously implausible and widely historically inaccurate.

It isn't so much drama as spectacle. Unlike Gladiator, this has the main thing you're looking for in a sword and sandal film: i.e. it is unintentionally funny.  That makes up for a great deal.  As such I highly recommend it.  This has the potential of becoming one of those films you watch over and over again.  ⋆⋆⋆⋆
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